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Trenton, NJ - Helicopter Flight For NJ Gov Costs $2,500 An Hour

Published on: June 1, 2011 03:32 PM
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In this In this May 31, 2011 photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, exits a state helicopter to attend his son's high school baseball game in Montvale, N.J. State police say it costs $2,500 an hour to fly a state helicopter, but that flying Christie to his son's high school baseball game didn’t cost taxpayers anything extra. (AP Photo/PATCH.com, Christopher Costa)In this In this May 31, 2011 photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, exits a state helicopter to attend his son's high school baseball game in Montvale, N.J. State police say it costs $2,500 an hour to fly a state helicopter, but that flying Christie to his son's high school baseball game didn’t cost taxpayers anything extra. (AP Photo/PATCH.com, Christopher Costa)

Trenton, NJ - New Jersey State Police officials say it costs $2,500 an hour to fly in their helicopter, but that ferrying Gov. Chris Christie to his son’s high school baseball game didn’t cost taxpayers anything extra.

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In a statement, State Police Superintendent Rick Fuentes says Christie has been aboard state police helicopters 35 times since taking office.

Fuentes didn’t say which, if any, of the trips were personal or political in nature and whether the governor has ever reimbursed the state for taking the trips.

After the game, Christie had a dinner at the governor’s mansion in Princeton with a delegation of campaign donors from Iowa who tried to convince him to run for president.

A Christie spokesman says the helicopter is used occasionally “as the schedule demands” but says the governor has been judicious in its use.

In this May 31, 2011 photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, walks toward playing fields after exiting a state helicopter to attend his son's high school baseball game in Montvale, N.J. State police say it costs $2,500 an hour to fly a state helicopter, but that flying Christie to his son's high school baseball game didn’t cost taxpayers anything extra. (AP Photo/PATCH.com, Christopher Costa) MANDATORY CREDITIn this May 31, 2011 photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, walks toward playing fields after exiting a state helicopter to attend his son's high school baseball game in Montvale, N.J. State police say it costs $2,500 an hour to fly a state helicopter, but that flying Christie to his son's high school baseball game didn’t cost taxpayers anything extra. (AP Photo/PATCH.com, Christopher Costa) MANDATORY CREDIT

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 Jun 01, 2011 at 03:39 PM Anonymous Says:

Why does he need such a big helicopter for?
Buy him a cheap bubble cockpit helicopter.

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 Jun 01, 2011 at 05:19 PM ComeOn Says:

Score:
Obama: 70 Rounds of Golf
Christie: 35 Helicopter Rides, some on Official Business.

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 Jun 01, 2011 at 05:34 PM Chaveirim Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Why does he need such a big helicopter for?
Buy him a cheap bubble cockpit helicopter.

Did you ever see how big the guy is? Just look at the picture, he wouldn't fit in anything small than XXXXL...

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 Jun 01, 2011 at 08:59 PM Anonymous Says:

How could flying him by helicopter to his son's baseball game not cost anything "extra". It doesn't cost $2500/hour to drive him in a limo. Also, all the extra fuel to fly this svelte governor also adds up. He should set an example and bike to his appointments. He needs the exercise and he could save the state tens of thousands of dollars.

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 Jun 01, 2011 at 11:59 PM oyvay Says:

notice there is no talk of Obama taking 500 of his friends to the UK, or about Weiner's wiener, the media only goes after Republicans.

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 Jun 02, 2011 at 12:29 AM LiberalismIsADisease Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Why does he need such a big helicopter for?
Buy him a cheap bubble cockpit helicopter.

And give Obama a Piper Cherokee for all the flying around he does on our dime!

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 Jun 02, 2011 at 01:48 AM think Says:

And Obamas Golf cost over 150K a game and IT IS from taxpayers money,
Its ridiculous how bias and liberal the mainstream media is...

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