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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is racking up the frequent flyer points. He’ll have hit campaign stops in Washington State, Montana, North Dakota and Michigan between Thursday and Saturday.
Christie staffers say that the governor's travel expenses are either paid for by the New Jersey Republican State Committee or the campaign committee for the candidate he’s stumping for.
But New Jersey taxpayers are footing the bill for the travel expenses and salaries of his State Trooper detail as he criss-crosses the country for the GOP. Seasoned troopers can make over $100,000 a year.
Democratic State Senator Ron Rice, a retired police officer, said taxpayers should be reimbursed for the additional security costs incurred while Christie is on the road campaigning for out of state Republicans ― especially as state budget cuts have led to police layoffs in some vulnerable communities.
But a spokesman for the governor said its the New Jersey State Police that make the decisions surrounding the governor's personal protection, where ever he is.