Gov. Christie’s free chopper ride

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Gov. Chris Christie exiting a state helicopter to attend his son's baseball game in New Jersey on Tuesday.
Gov. Chris Christie exiting a state helicopter to attend his son's baseball game in New Jersey on Tuesday.
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Governor Chris Christie was in a rush to get somewhere yesterday, so he took a state helicopter to avoid traffic. Although the chopper saved him loads of time, it still wasn’t enough. He then proceeded to take a black car with tinted windows the last 100 yards or so to the final destination… his son’s high school baseball game in Montvale, New Jersey.

That’s, of course, after calling for workers to give up benefits in the name of “shared sacrifice” and cutting government programs.

In a statement issued today, Col. Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, defended Christie’s use of the chopper and said it didn’t cost the tax-payers any extra money:

It is important to understand that State Police helicopters fly daily homeland security missions, and use flight time for training purposes, more so lately as we acclimate our pilots to the new aircraft. These are flight hours that would be logged in any event. Therefore, there is no additional cost to taxpayers or the State Police budget, nor is there any interference with our daily mission by adding the state’s chief executive to any of these trips. Any flights transporting the Governor would be subordinated to priority needs for our aircraft including rescue and emergent law enforcement missions.

Christie and his wife left during the 5th inning and got back into the helicopter, which was designed for Department of Homeland Security duties and transporting critically injured patients.

The governor later met with Republican donors from Iowa who flew to New Jersey specifically to try to convince Christie to run for president.

— By Deirdre Kiyonaga

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Gov. Christie's free chopper ride

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