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posted Friday, May 15, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 20
Chris Christie boozes it up - Embarrassed NJ Republicans pay state back for Christie's entertainment expenses
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Chris Christie boozes it up - Embarrassed NJ Republicans pay state back for Christie's entertainment expenses

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, once touted as a frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, has racked up an astonishing $300,000 in spending on food and drink charged to his state expense account.

Christie's refreshment allowance amounts to 80% of his total expense account. In addition, he has spent a cool $1 million on personal security during his time in office.

According to the website New Jersey Watchdog, Christie's most notable spending spree occurred during the 2010 and 2011 NFL football seasons at MetLife Stadium, where the New York's Giants and Jets play their home games. New Jersey's governor traditionally gets free use of luxury boxes for games and other events at the government-owned venue, but food and beverages cost extra.

On 58 occasions, Christie used a debit card to pay a total of $82,594 to Delaware North Sportservice, which operates the concessions at MetLife.

The governor's office did not provide any receipts, business reasons, or names of individuals entertained, New Jersey Watchdog said, but did defend the Governor's spending.

'The official nature and business purpose of the event remains the case regardless of whether the event is at the State House, Drumthwacket or a sporting venue,' said Christie press secretary Kevin Roberts in a prepared statement.

The state GOP has repaid the purchases made at the stadium, which averaged about $1500 per game.

New Jersey Watchdog is suing Christie to provide itemization of the $1 million he spent on personal security since taking office.

Christie was elected Governor of New Jersey in 2009 and handily reelected in 2013.

In January he formed a PAC to raise funds for a presidential bid, but his poll numbers have sagged due to the ongoing 'Bridgegate' scandal, in which Christie aides were accused of engineering a retaliatory traffic jam in the town of Fort Lee, whose Democratic mayor refused to endorse Christie's reelection.

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