Christie Quietly Casts Vote For Trump In The Dark

AP

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) slunk into a Mendham Township polling site before sunrise on Tuesday morning to cast his vote for Donald Trump.

While Christie typically notifies the press of his Election Day plans ahead of time and takes questions from reporters, NJ.com reported that he broke from seven years of precedent with this unceremonious trip to the polls.

“I always vote in the morning,” the governor told NJ.com when asked why he was arriving at the Brookside Engine Company only six minutes after the polls opened at 6 a.m.

Pressed to answer why he didn’t notify the media, Christie said, “I wanted to vote with Andrew; he’s gotta go to work.”

The governor’s son graduated from Princeton in May.

Christie has stayed out of the public eye in the final weeks of the Trump campaign, though he serves as the head of the Republican nominee’s transition planning team. On Friday, two of the governor’s former allies were found guilty of conspiracy for causing a days-long traffic jam in the town of Fort Lee to punish Democratic mayor Mark Sokolich, who opposed Christie’s reelection bid.

NJ.com said that Christie left the polling site at 6:12 a.m. without confirming that he followed through with his months-long promise to vote for the real estate mogul.

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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.
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