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SOMERSET, N.J. (AP) - Real estate developer Donald Trump says he expects New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to make it through the scandals that are plaguing his administration.

Trump told the Somerset County Republican Organization: "He's doing fine and it's going to be fine." Trump received the group's "Republican of the Year" award Wednesday night.

The 67-year-old Trump says he's seen no evidence that Republican donors are shying away from the governor and possible 2016 presidential candidate.

He says Christie's ability to run for president has not been compromised, if he wants to run.

Trump was being honored for his investment in Somerset County, where Trump National Country Club is located.

Christie's administration has been mired in a political payback operation and accusations that cabinet members threatened to withhold storm recovery aid from a hard-hit town unless a redevelopment project was supported.