N.J. Governor Arrives at Son’s High School Baseball Game in State Police Helicopter
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie arrived at his son’s high school baseball game in style. The Republican caught a ride aboard one of the State Police’s brand-new $12.5 million AugustaWestland helicopters, usually reserved for Homeland Security detail and transporting critically wounded patients.
According to NJ.com, Christie arrived at St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, Bergen County, just as the lineup cards were being exchanged. The aircraft circled over the outfield and landed in an adjacent football field. The governor emerged from the helicopter, got into a black car, and proceeded to get a ride the last 100 yards to the baseball field.
Christie watched his oldest son Andrew, a catcher for Delbarton High School in Morris Township, play for a few innings.
During the 5th inning, Christie and his wife Mary Pat got back into the car, rode back to the helicopter and were whisked away from the game.
How did the governor explain this blatant misuse of taxpayer-funded state resources? “It is a means of transportation that is occasionally used as the schedule demands,” spokesman Michael Drewniak told NJ.com in an email. “This has historically been the case in prior administrations as well, and we continue to be judicious in limiting its use.”
Not judicious enough, apparently. Democratic Assemblyman John Wisniewski says Christie “crossed the line.” But there is no word yet on what if any action will be taken regarding the “coptergate” incident.
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