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March 14, 2016

Christie skips police officer's funeral for Trump campaign

Governor has missed three services for law enforcement since 2016 race began, NJ.com reports

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has previously been very critical of the current president for allegedly not supporting law enforcement, decided not to attend the funeral of a New Jersey state trooper Monday and instead campaigned for Donald Trump.

Trooper Sean Cullen, 31, was killed when was struck by a vehicle on I-295 in West Deptford Township -- he stopped to assist with a car fire.

Funeral services were held Monday at Saint Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church in Cinnaminson. Christie, who has endorsed Trump, opted not to go, choosing to spend the day in North Carolina for an appearance with the GOP front-runner, according to Patch.

NJ.com reports that Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno attended in his place. This is the third funeral for a law enforcement official that Christie has missed since his 2016 presidential campaign began and then ended, according to the website:

The 2016 presidential contest has caused Christie to miss three New Jersey police funerals in a row: In addition to Cullen's, Christie missed the funeral services of Port Authority police officer Eamonn Mautone in January, as well as the December 2015 memorial of New Jersey State Police trooper Eli McCarson.

Patch reports Christie's office said they would look into Christie's reasons for not attending. A press secretary for the office was not immediately available for comment on a request from PhillyVoice late Monday afternoon.