Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey hailed presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump's generosity, specifically mentioning the billionaire's pledge to aid Garden State victims of Superstorm Sandy in 2012, but there's no record of any donation from the New Yorker, The Associated Press reports.
While in Ohio on Monday, Christie told a Republican delegation from Michigan that his wife, Mary Pat Christie, asked Trump to donate to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund that she was running following the devastating late October storm.
"How much does the check need to be? Just tell me, and I'll send it," Trump responded, according to Christie.
In the charity's final report, which lists over 150 people and companies that donated $25,000 or more, Trump's name is nowhere to be found. New Jersey native Jon Bon Jovi and his band are listed as donating $1 million, but not a cent from Trump is on record. The AP said it couldn't determine whether the former reality television star gave less than $25,000.
Trump's charitable organization's tax documents don't show any donations to the relief fund from 2012 to 2014.
Trump's foundation did donate $20,000 to the Drumthwacket Foundation, also run by Mary Pat Christie. The nonprofit organization restored and now maintains the New Jersey governor's official mansion. The Christies don't live in the Princeton residence. The Huffington Post
lists several large donations to the foundation from people and companies that do extensive business with Christie's state.
"You would hope that there is true corporate philanthropy, but if donors are largely political or interested in state money, it raises questions about the nonprofit," Ken Berger, president of the nonprofit rating company Guidestar, told the Post. "And if there's a sense that it's a quid pro quo, that is not what you want."
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