Trump, Clinton, Sanders: Who’s the most authentic New Yorker?

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NEW YORK: Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have one thing in common: they are all New Yorkers and have been proudly professing their links to America’s largest city ahead of the state’s key primary election on Tuesday. They have tried to portray themselves as authentic locals and defended the “New York values” that Republican candidate Ted Cruz of Texas has derided throughout the campaign. But the trio is vastly different types of New Yorkers. The son of a wealthy property developer and Scottish immigrant mother, the 69-year-old Trump, a billionaire, grew up in a 23-room, nine-bathroom mansion in a tony section of Queens. “I am very proud I was born here in New York City,” Bernie Sanders, 74, says. His father, a Polish Jew, arrived in the United States as a penniless 17-year-old. Sanders was born in Brooklyn, grew up in a humble apartment and attended neighborhood public schools. The former first lady, Clinton, was born in Chicago and served as a New York senator from 2001 to 2009. She owns a home in Chappaqua, about an hour north of New York, purchased in 1999 to make her eligible to run for the Senate position. Clinton, 68, says she has visited every corner of New York state. “I think I know the state a lot better” than Sanders, she said.

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