It was only yesterday that New Jersey governor and miserly budget zealot Chris Christie was defying critics who wanted him to reimburse the state for using a police helicopter to ferry him to and from his son’s high school baseball game:
“The governor does not reimburse for security and travel,” a spokesman for the governor, Kevin Roberts, said in an e-mail message. “The use of air travel has been extremely limited and appropriate.”
But Christie likely soon determined that saving a few thousand dollars wasn’t worth the damage to his reputation, because today his office announced that the governor and the New Jersey Republican Party have agreed to pony up a combined $3,383.73 for Tuesday’s air travel, as well as for a copter trip Christie took to another baseball game last Friday, which nobody knew about.
Gov. Christie reimburses N.J. for use of state helicopter to attend son’s baseball games [Star-Ledger]