President Donald Trump’s campaign manager did not vote for his boss in the last presidential election. He did not vote.
The last time Bill Steen voted, according to public records, was in 2015 when he lived in New Jersey and was registered there.
Stephen registered to vote in Washington, DC, where he has been living since late 2017 – two weeks after being tapped to handle Trump’s reelection bid.
Stephen, a lifelong aide to the former New Jersey government, Chris Christie, R, first joined Trump’s team in August 2016. A senior campaign official said Stephen requested an absentee ballot that never came, so he did not vote in 2016.
He was not registered in New Jersey or Washington to vote in the 2018 midterm election.
Neither Stephan nor a campaign spokesman responded to further questions about his voting record, including whether he made an extra effort to get a ballot to support Trump or to vote Had considered.
Trump, who voted in Florida this year by absentee voting, has repeatedly attacked voting by mail, claiming without evidence that it is susceptible to widespread fraud and corruption. He encouraged people to vote to ensure their vote in the midst of the coronovirus epidemic, even suggesting that they try to vote once by mail and once at their polling place, which Is invalid.
Despite Trump’s opposition to widespread voting by the Mail, at least 16 top Trump officials voted regularly, including Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General William Burr, and White House Press Secretary Kayle McNee.
Stepien, however, appears to be the first high-level aide not to vote in the 2016 GOP primary or presidential election, when Trump was on the ballot.
Christie fired Stephen in 2014 amid the Bridgegate scandal. Christie closed on the George Lees Bridge, the nation’s busiest, Fort Lee, N.J., to punish the city’s Democratic mayor for not supporting Christie’s reelection bid. In May, the Supreme Court overturned the fraud charges of two Christie associates in the scandal.
Stephen joined Trump’s campaign in his final months to monitor field operations and help target those states.
New Jersey, where Stephen voted in 2016, was not one of them because it reliably casts Democratic votes in presidential elections.