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Snapshots: GOP leader counters Trump ‘rigged’ claim

GOP leader counters Trump’s ‘rigged’ claim

Washington — The head of the Republican National Committee is lashing out at Donald Trump’s charges that the party’s presidential nomination process is “rigged.”

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus says the nomination process has been known for more than a year. He says, “It’s the responsibility of the campaigns to understand it. Complaints now? Give us all a break.”

Trump is going on the attack as he struggles to keep pace with rival Ted Cruz’s delegate operation.

Trump told supporters in New York on Tuesday night that the “Republican system is absolutely rigged.”

Sanders joins striking workers at Verizon office

Washington — Bernie Sanders joined striking union workers on a picket line outside a Verizon office in Brooklyn, showing solidarity with 39,000 workers on the East Coast who walked off the job earlier Wednesday.

Sanders said the workers were displaying courage for standing up against the telecommunications giant. “I know your families are going to pay a price,” he bellowed into a microphone at a raucous gathering.

The Vermont senator thanked the workers “on behalf of every worker in America who is facing the same kind of pressure.”

Judge: Cruz eligible for presidential nomination

Trenton, N.J. — A New Jersey judge has ruled that Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz meets the constitutional requirements to be president and may appear on the state’s presidential primary ballot.

Judge Jeff Masin ruled Tuesday that a child of a citizen-father or citizen-mother is “indeed a natural born Citizen within the contemplation of the Constitution.”

Cruz, who was born in Calgary, Alberta, to a Cuban father and American mother, faced challenges to being on the June 7 primary ballot from Catholic University of America law professor Victor Williams and the South Jersey Concerned Citizens Committee.

The challengers argued Cruz was a naturalized citizen because he was not born on U.S. soil.

The decision goes to Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who as secretary of state can accept, reject or modify