1,000 Officers Mourn Fallen NJ State Trooper; Christie Goes to Trump Event Instead
More than 1,000 people turned out Monday in Cinnaminson, New Jersey, to pay their respects to a state trooper who was struck and killed by a driver.
Sean Cullen, 31, was laid to rest after being fatally struck by a passing motorist last week.
Cullen was on the scene of a car fire on Interstate 295 when he was hit by a 22-year-old motorist.
The woman stopped and cooperated with police. No charges were filed.
Officers from as far as California, Texas, Arkansas and Michigan made the trip, the New Jersey State Police said.
Meantime, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has taken heat in the last few days for opting to campaign with Donald Trump in North Carolina instead of attending the funeral.
The state troopers' union slammed the governor for showing "disdain for law enforcement."
"We are focused on honoring our fallen brother today, and quite frankly we did not expect someone who has consistently shown disdain for law enforcement to pay his respects to the Cullen and State Police family. ... The Governor's decision making is predicated on selfish political opportunism, that much is clear," said State Trooper's Fraternal Association President Christopher J. Burgos.
The state's lieutenant governor attended in his place.