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THE TIES
THAT BIND
ANALYSIS: WHY CHRISTIE ENDORSED TRUMP

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Gov. Chris Christie introduces Donald Trump after endorsing him before a rally in Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday.

Surprise backing makes gov relevant again
BOB JORDAN @BOBJORDANAPP

City man
charged in
murder of
star athlete
Former football player was shot
to death, another man wounded
ANDREW FORD
@ANDREWFORDNEWS

An Asbury Park man has been charged with the
murder of former star athlete Jamar Small and the
wounding of a second victim by gunshots, according
to acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher
J. Gramiccioni.
Following a two-month joint investigation by the
Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Asbury Park Police Department, Diquan “Gudda”
Speights, 23, of Asbury Park, was charged Friday in
connection with the Dec. 20 shooting in the 1000 block
of Summerfield Avenue, according to a statement
from the Prosecutor’s Office.
Police determined that the shooter had fired shots
at the two victims while they were inside of a car,
backing out of a driveway.
Speights is charged with the crimes of first-degree
murder, first-degree attempted murder, second-degree possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose,
second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, and
second-degree certain persons not to possess weapons. At the time Speights was charged, he already was
in Monmouth County Jail in Freehold Township on
charges related to another incident on the same day of
the shootings.
Speights now is held in jail on a $1.5 million cashonly bail, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court
Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen, the release said.
On Dec. 20, at 11:56 a.m., Asbury Park police officers responded to Summerfield Avenue after receiving several reports of gunshots. Officers found two
victims in the driveway of a home on Summerfield.
See SHOOTING, Page 5A

“It’s sort of like the

When Chris Christie was a presidential candidate spending weeks at a
time outside New Jersey on the campaign trail, he frequently pleaded for
Republican primary voters to probe the promises made by Donald Trump.
At one town hall event in the New Hampshire seacoast town of Hampton on the morning of the Super Bowl, Christie had the crowd of 300 in
stitches, mocking Trump as an entertainer who had no business seeking
the GOP nomination.
“It’s gonna be an incredible, marvelous, beautiful wall!” the New Jersey governor said, impersonating Trump. “The wall is gonna have a door.
The door is going to go open and close, the good people come in, the bad
people go out ... and the Mexicans are gonna pay for the wall because
Trump says you pay for the wall!”
A different kind of door opened Friday, and Christie strode through it,

Chris Christie of
old. Brash and bold.
It makes Christie a
player again. He’s
back in the game.”
DAVE CARNEY,
REPUBLICAN ADVISER

Jamar Small, 24, died after he was shot in Asbury Park in
December.

See CHRISTIE, Page 10A

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