Christie Flies on Taxpayer Dime Every Three Days

Trips on helicopter cost the state $2,500 an hour.

BloombergBusinessweek reports: “New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is relying on the state-owned helicopter fleet more than ever, with 106 trips last year at a cost of $2,500 an hour. Flight logs for Christie, a 51-year-old Republican, were released to Bloomberg as a result of a New Jersey Open Public Records Act request. Christie has stepped up his air time even as he imposes municipal budget constraints and insists that public workers must pay higher costs for pensions and benefits.”

Indeed, reports: “Faced with an $807 million state budget shortfall, Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday he is open to delaying or reducing key payments meant to shore up New Jersey’s troubled pension system for public workers.  Those words once were unthinkable coming from the Republican governor, whose work with state Democrats to overhaul the pension system — currently $52 billion in debt — is considered one of his biggest accomplishments in Trenton.”

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  • Tiredofthebully

    But he should jack up the pensions of the police and the firemen while he continues to fly around and defend the wealthiest people in the state…and attack teachers while retired school superintendents collect their pensions (which are HUGE – well over $130,000 a year) while also collecting a salary as an “acting” superintendent. Their second salary, in NJ, is usually around $145,000. a year – on top of their pension. And these guys go from district to district continuing to get a salary plus a pension. Christie has NEVER mentioned closing up that loophole. If superintendent were stopped from continuing this practice it would save NJ MILLIONS. Why does Christie never see that solution?