Christie denies knowledge of settlement that reduced Trump casino debt by millions

However, a Christie spokesman told the Times the governor "had no supervisory role in pursuing the agency's claims".

Trump had a troubled past as a casino operator in Atlantic City that led to $30 million tax debt to New Jersey.

The specific details of the settlement weren't available in The New York Times report, though the report did note that state officials began to review Trump's records with more vigor once they noticed his company had not been filling out the required schedule for the minimum tax assessment a decade ago. In December 2011, Trump cleared his debts with a payment of only $5 million, a sixth of what was owed.

Christie, who endorsed Trump for president after he aborted his own presidential campaign, often touts his friendship with Trump, which dates back to when Christie was US attorney for New Jersey in 2002.

The Trump casinos may not have been able to afford their long overdue taxes, but they did not turn suddenly spartan, either. Christie was invited to Trump's third wedding, in 2005, and Trump attended the governor's 2010 inauguration; he's also made several large donations to a nonprofit that maintains the governor's residence and to the Republican Governors Association when Christie was chairman. The state entertained settlement offers. According to the newspaper, Trump failed to pay taxes on his casinos' business between 2002 and 2006, during which time the Republican presidential nominee "reaped millions of dollars in fees and bonuses from the company, even as it underperformed [compared to] competitors, lost money every year and saw its stock collapse".

"I think you all know that Paula Dow has been one of my most trusted advisers for the last 10 years", Mr. Christie said at the time.

Read the complete Times report here.

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