Rich flips off $200 dinner leaves Christie short.
Donald Trump called in to make up shortfall.
Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump is helping dig former rival Chris Christie and the New Jersey Republican Party out of big debt they incurred from the George Washington Bridge scandal and the governor’s presidential campaign.
Trump on Thursday will attend a $25,000-per-person fundraiser for the state GOP to help it pay off about $500,000 incurred in legal fees responding to legislative subpoenas in the bridge scandal. Trump and Christie will headline the event as well as a separate, $200 per-person fundraiser to pay down Christie’s roughly $250,000 presidential campaign debt.
New Jersey taxpayers have spent more than $10 million for legal services for the Christie administration. Christie’s 2013 gubernatorial campaign also still owes nearly $1 million for legal services.
According to a new Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday, 72 percent of New Jersey voters oppose the idea of Christie as Trump’s vice president pick, while 18 percent are in favor.
Among Republicans, 64 percent said they disapprove compared to 27 percent who are in favor of a Trump/Christie ticket.
The poll also delivers Christie his lowest-ever approval rating, with 64 percent of voters disapproving of the job he is doing as governor and 29 percent approving. When narrowed to just Republicans in his state, his unfavorable rate remains high at 59 percent.