Seems that the Mainstream media loves to attack Republicans for using transportation resources when they totally ignored Global Warming Guru Al Gore Jet uses and Nancy Pelosi having a Jet on hand for her weekend trips back to her district. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie under fire for taking his son to a Ball Game via Helicopter so he could make a meeting after. Interesting enough, most of the former Governors have done exactly the same thing with little or no outrage by the media. Bias? Oh we won’t say that… but the reporting might.
TRENTON — 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 games.
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.
The Republican State Committee has paid $1,232.29 for the flight from the Tuesday baseball game to Princeton, the Republican State Committee said today.
“The check has already been delivered,” said party spokesman Rick Gorka.
He said the governor is reimbursing the state $1,232.30 for the flight to the game.
In addition, Christie is also paying $919.20 for a flight on Friday to see his son play in another baseball game. That flight was not previously disclosed.
He arrived by helicopter at that game, held in Morris Township, at about 4:30 p.m., according to sources there who requested anonymity because of the tight-knit nature of the school community.
Christie’s office said Wednesday that he wouldn’t repay the state for the cost of the $2,500-an-hour Tuesday flight. State Police said the flights did not cost the state anything extra because they were part of required training for pilots.
Democrats have sharply criticized the governor, saying he was misusing the helicopter for personal and political purposes.
Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) appeared on a left-leaning MSNBC talk show Wednesday night to say the trip showed “a certain arrogance.”
“I’d like to see the governor, for once, stand up and say, ‘You know what, I made a mistake,'” she said on The Ed Show. “And I’m assuming that he will reimburse the state of New Jersey.”
Helicopters have been a recipe for political controversy, and governors have often faced criticism for their high-flying ways despite perennial calls for reform.
Gov. Tom Kean, Republican:
He bought a $4.7 million executive helicopter in 1985, then logged 1,039 flights in his second four-year term. His administration fought a failed legal battle to keep the flight logs secret.
Gov. Jim Florio, Democrat:
He made a show of selling two helicopters, saying his administration isn’t about “flying first class.” But he flew the most, with 2,319 flights in his only term.
Gov. Christie Whitman, Republican:
She reneged on her promise to sell the helicopter after blasting Florio during her campaign. Instead she wound up in hot water for flying to a hockey game.
Gov. Donald DiFrancesco, Republican:
He didn’t catch flak for helicopter flights during his year in office after Whitman joined the second Bush administration.
Gov. James E. McGreevey, Democrat:
He slashed his flying after facing criticism for 277 trips his first year. The Democratic State Committee ended up reimbursing the state $18,200 for 14 political trips that year.
Gov. Richard Codey, Democrat:
As far as helicopters are concerned, he emerged unscathed from his 14 months in office.
Gov. Jon Corzine, Democrat:
Thanks to his personal wealth, Corzine was able to contract with a private helicopter service for political and personal trips. He started flying more after a near-fatal highway accident.