Chris Christie won’t commit to whether he’s running for president, but his expensive helicopter travel is, well, presidential:
“June 2 (Bloomberg) — Governor Chris Christie’s image as a cost-cutter may have started cracking the moment he boarded a state police helicopter to get to his son’s high-school baseball game, leaving New Jersey with a $2,500 bill.
“Christie, 48, joined the line-up of past governors whose personal use of state aircraft led to public outcry — and in one case, an apology and reimbursement for the costs.
“Christie took office in January 2010 pledging to bring fiscal restraint to a state with the fourth-highest public-debt burden in the U.S. at $3,940 per capita, according to a report from Moody’s Investors Service. For fiscal 2012, which starts in July, he has urged ‘shared sacrifice’ under a $29.4 billion spending plan that Democrats say skimps on education and health.
“The helicopter ride, plus a trooper-driven arrival at the ballfield with his wife, Mary Pat, before two varsity teams, fans and family, drew focus to the Republican’s use of such gubernatorial perks. Neither the game nor a later meeting he flew to was state business, said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch.
“‘He has been asking everyone else in the state to pull themselves up by their bootstraps and share in the sacrifice of all these budget cuts to education and so forth,’ Murray said by telephone. ‘There were so many pieces to this that should have screamed out, ‘Don’t do it!’ It makes the governor seem that he’s tone deaf.”
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