During a Sunday morning appearance on Fox News, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie insisted that a New York Times story that reveals how Donald Trump may have not paid federal income tax in almost two decades would be “very, very good” for his campaign. Asked on Fox News Sunday what the story could do for Trump, Christie replied, “What it shows is what an absolute mess the federal tax code is, and that’s why Donald Trump is the person best positioned to fix it. There’s no one who’s shown more genius in their way to maneuver about the tax code as he rightfully used the laws to do that.” Christie continued:
“You know, the late 19 — the early 1990s was a difficult time for lots of folks. We went into a recession, as I know you’ll recall, and Donald Trump wrote the book The Art of the Comeback. This is a guy who when lots of businesses went out of business in the early 1990s, he fought and clawed back to build another fortune, to create tens of thousands of more jobs. This is actually a very, very good story for Donald Trump.”
Chris Wallace expressed disbelief that this story could be construed as a positive. “That’s a good story?” he asked the Governor. “Chris, first of all, you don’t know he didn’t pay for federal income taxes for years,” Christie replied. “All the story said was that kind of loss can be used for up to 18 years.” He went on to scold the Fox News Sunday host for trying to spin the story. “You can’t come on TV this morning and say that Donald Trump did not pay taxes for years and years when that’s not what the story says,” he said.
(Via The Daily Beast)