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Donald Trump reports for jury duty in Manhattan

Donald Trump arrives at Manhattan State Supreme Court

Donald Trump arrives at Manhattan State Supreme Court for jury duty on Monday, Aug. 16, 2015. According to polls, Trump is the current front-runner for the Republican nomination for president. Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

He's just like us.

Donald Trump reported for jury duty Monday morning at Manhattan State Supreme Court.

Trump arrived in a black stretch limo at 9:08 a.m. -- the court opens at 9 a.m. -- offering a thumbs-up to reporters and photographers assembled on the courthouse steps.

"I look forward to it," he said of reporting to jury duty. "I'm ready."

Trump signed autographed a copy of one of his books for a fan.

"I don't know. We'll see," he told Newsday, when asked if he believed he would be chosen to serve.

Later he said he's "not particularly" hoping to get picked, ". . . but we have to do it."

"It's my duty and I'm happy to do it," Trump said.

The Republican presidential candidate and billionaire former reality TV star was stumping at the Iowa State Fair over the weekend, but returned home to New York City where he was summoned for jury duty.

Fellow prospective jurors in lower Manhattan early Monday were nonplussed by the notion of serving alongside him.

"I'm not impressed," said John Kulhan, 64, of Midtown, a transportation dispatcher who arrived early and made his way through the throngs of photographers. "I'm a Democrat."

Kulhan, gripping a jury duty summons, criticized Trump for talking more than he listens.

Elias Subater, 60, of Washington Heights, who works for UPS, called Trump, running in a crowded Republican field, "just another guy who's trying to get to the White House."

Subater, a Democrat who thinks Hillary Rodham Clinton would make a good president, guessed Trump would be immediately excused for jury duty.

"He's not going to get picked," Subater said. "He's too important. He's got things to do."

The Donald spoke about civil service Friday in New Hampshire.

"I'll be doing jury duty on Monday morning," he said. "I'm looking forward to it. I think it's fun."


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