New Jersey Gov. Christie takes state helicopter to son’s baseball game

By David Edwards
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 9:55 EDT
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Cameras caught Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Tuesday arriving at his son’s baseball game in a State Police helicopter.

Photographer Christopher Costa snapped several pictures of Christie as he exited the $12.5 million aircraft.

After touching down at St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, the governor got in a black car with tinted windows and was driven about 100 yards to the baseball field.

Christie was flanked by State Police security guards as he watched the game.

The governor and First Lady Mary Pat Christie returned to the car during the 5th inning. They were again driven 100 yards back to the helicopter.

Play was halted for several minutes until noise from the helicopter takeoff subsided.

“It is a means of transportation that is occasionally used as the schedule demands,” Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak told the The Star-Ledger. “This has historically been the case in prior administrations as well, and we continue to be judicious in limiting its use.”

The paper noted that the governor had no public events on his schedule Tuesday. He had a private 6:30 p.m. meeting at the governor’s mansion with donors from Iowa who wish to persuade him to run for president.

The Department of Justice Inspector General revealed last year that during his time campaigning for governor while working as a U.S. Attorney, Christie spent big on travel. In fact, the report found that Christie stayed a luxury hotels on the government’s dime more than any other U.S. Attorney.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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