Peabody award–winning journalist Andrea Bernstein is Senior Editor for Politics & Policy for WNYC News. She has previously served as Metro Editor, Political Director, Director of Transportation Nation, and Senior Reporter.
Christie to Reimburse New Jersey for Helicopter Travel
Thursday, June 02, 2011 - 04:44 PM
(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) This just in from Gov. Christie's office regarding his use of state aircraft to travel to his son's baseball game, along with an itemized list of flights which you can see here.
"Attached, please find a list of instances in which State Police helicopters were used for travel. The total number attributable to the Governor is 33. Another flight was by the Lieutenant Governor, and one other was for transporting support staff for consecutive press conferences in the Meadowlands and Atlantic City to announce the recommendations of the Hanson Commission. The spreadsheet lists the date and purpose of use.
"Also, though the Superintendent of the State Police noted yesterday the travel does not cost taxpayers additional dollars, the Governor understands the sensitivity about this kind of thing and believes he owes it to the public to ensure that this is not a distraction. As such, the Governor is reimbursing for the last two trips dated 5/27 and 5/31 in the amounts of $919.20 and $1232.30, respectively."