Donald Trump mixed up Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, with the former governor of New Jersey during a news conference on Wednesday.
“Her running mate Tim Kaine, who by the way did a terrible job in New Jersey — first act he did in New Jersey was ask for a $4 billion tax increase and he was not very popular in New Jersey and he still isn’t,” Trump said.
Corrected by reporters, who suggested he might be confusing Kaine with Thomas Kean, a Republican who governed New Jersey from 1982 to 1990, Trump clarified. “What? I mean Virginia.”
The New Jersey tax increase that Trump may or may not been talking about came not under Kean, a Republican, but his successor Jim Florio, a Democrat. The 1990 package was so unpopular that New Jersey Democrats were swamped in the next election cycle, and Florio subsequently lost his reelection bid.