NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Gov. Chris Christie is sending New Jersey state troopers to Baltimore to help respond to the riots that erupted following the funeral of a black man who died in police custody.

New Jersey State Police members prepare to leave for Baltimore from Hamilton (Brian McCarthy, OnScene News)

Christie said in a statement on his official Twitter feed Tuesday that New Jersey State Police already have an assessment team on the ground. He said a "full deployment" would be happening later in the day.

That will include 150 New Jersey State Police and personnel, including 100 troopers and approximately 50 other enlisted and civilian personnel.

He says they'll be there for 72 hours at first.

Christie said he spoke with Maryland's Republican Gov. Larry Hogan Monday night to offer support and solidarity.

Hogan will be hosting a fundraiser for Christie's political action committee later this week.


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