Gov. Chris Christie and the state Republican Party will repay the state for two trips on a State Police helicopter to get to his son’s baseball game, according to The Associated Press.
Christie’s office said yesterday that he wouldn’t repay the state for the cost of the $2,500 an hour flight, citing that he is always on duty. State Police said the flights did not cost the state anything because they were part of required training for pilots.
The AP quoted a spokeswoman for the governor, Maria Comella, as saying Christie has paid $2,251 to the state to cover the cost of all trips. She added that the state Republican Party has paid $919 to cover the cost of Christie’s trip Tuesday from Montvale to Princeton.
The most recent ride, on Tuesday, drew national widespread criticism from those who questioned the governor’s use of helicopter when he flew from downtown Trenton to Montvale, in Bergen County, to watch his son Andrew play baseball, and then to Princeton, where he met with a group of wealthy Republican donors from Iowa who traveled to New Jersey to try to persuade Christie to run for president in 2012.
Christie also took a state helicopter to a baseball game in Morris Township on Friday, landing about 4:30 p.m., according to sources at the game who requested anonymity because of the tight-knit nature of the school community.