- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Donald Trump delivered for New Jersey Republicans.

The state GOP said in state and federal filings Tuesday that it raised $831,000 from April through June. One of the filings is scheduled to be submitted to the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday.

The biggest chunk came in May, when Trump headlined a $25,000 per-person fundraiser for the state GOP. The fundraiser happened alongside a separate $200 per-person fundraiser to help pay down Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential campaign debt.

The money allowed the party to pay off most of its debt, including legal fees for responding to legislative subpoenas in the George Washington Bridge scandal in which Christie allies allegedly plotted to close lanes in political retribution. One has pleaded guilty while two others face trial later this year.

The party has about $23,000 in remaining debt to a consulting firm and has more than $370,000 combined in its state and federal bank accounts, according to the group.

State GOP executive director Pete Sheridan noted Trump’s help, but said that “Christie continued his long tradition of raising record amounts for the NJGOP. Thanks to his efforts this quarter, our state party is debt free of all past legal bills and with a strong financial footing to help support Republican candidates across New Jersey win in November.”


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