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