Gov. Christie to Reimburse State for Helicopter Rides

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Governor Chris Christie will reimburse New Jersey for using a state police helicopter twice to see his son's baseball games, according to a spokesperson for the governor.

During a press conference Thursday, Christie said it's difficult to balance parenthood and his role of governor, but his kids will always come first. 

"It's not a good enough excuse for me to just say, 'Well I was governor, you have to understand.' Cause I'll be governor for a lot less of a time then I'll be a father," he said. 

Christie has paid $2,151 to the state to cover the cost of all his trips, according to spokesperson Maria Comella.

She also said the state GOP has paid $1,232 to cover Christie's helicopter ride Tuesday when he flew 75 miles from a game in Montvale to Princeton, where the governor met with top GOP campaign contributors from Iowa.

This comes after a statement Wednesday when a spokesperson said Christie would not be reimbursing the state.

The governor used the state police helicopter 33 times since he was inaugurated in 2010, according to documents released by a spokesperson.

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Comments [8]

The Boss from Asbury Park

They probably had to use a Sikorsky Sky Crane to handle that girth.

Jun. 03 2011 10:15 AM

"$2,151 to the state to cover the cost of all his trips"?! Seems cheaper than what I had heard before. In any case, this is a state helicopter that should be used for emergencies, not to make a child's baseball game. The average person CANNOT! make it to his/her kids' games because of work, TRAFFIC (hint hint transit project), and a lack of a state helicopter! Oh yeah! you are not an average hard working person, you just get paid a lot to make the people think you actually care, when in fact you are just cutting everyone's budget to make yourself look good. That's great! You don't fool me.

Jun. 03 2011 08:22 AM
Linda from Ocean

Once again, Christie's appalling arrogance lit up in neon for all to see. . . . justified in the name of being a good father.

Governor Christie, stop dismantling our public schools. Then I'll believe you actually understand something about keeping commitments to children (other than your own).

Jun. 02 2011 10:03 PM
Mike Cole from Manhattan

It would have been better if he had paid first instead of waiting until he got "caught". The hubris of power.

Jun. 02 2011 09:00 PM
Atta Boamah from Newark

We are asking for a town hall meeting in the south ward of Newark.We want to talk about jobs,development,education,senior citizens,&other issues.

Jun. 02 2011 07:51 PM

His kids always comes first. Are they in public school?

Jun. 02 2011 07:05 PM
Naira Aslanyan from North Bergen, NJ

It is amazing how he can get away with this and no one is making a big deal out of this. If Christie was a democratic governor, we would never hear the end of it. This is so unethical and I think speak to his personality as a politician.

Jun. 02 2011 06:45 PM
Chris Brown from Highland Park NJ

Mr. Christie's arguments are not very logical. Yes, balancing priorities is hard. I suppose it's admirable to say that one's kids come first, but in this case it is also a smokescreen. If you are stretched so thin with parental duties and governor duties that you need a helicopter to be a good father, maybe you need to consider a different job.

When you are in a hole, stop digging.

Jun. 02 2011 05:31 PM

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