A court ruled that Chris Christie’s travel expenses can remain secret because… security. (HT: Tocqueville)
The head of the Governor’s protection unit “swears … that release of the [American Express bills] would increase the risk of harm to the governor,” because it would provide details like the number of security officers traveling with him (even though Christie has spoken publicly about the number of officers detailed to him and that have accompanied him on specific trips).
When Christie travels out of state for his Presidential campaign, his campaign pays for his travel but New Jersey picks up expenses for his security. (Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s campaign doesn’t stick his state with a similar tab.)
Apparently Chris Christie spent 22 times as much on his and his detail’s travel expenses last year as his predecessor spent in his last year as governor — and that was the super-corrupt former Goldman Sachs CEO Jon Corzine who was charged with misuse of customer funds in connection with the bankruptcy of MF Global.
My reaction is two-fold,
- Well, travel costs are up since the depths of the Great Recession
- You kind of have to respect that level of manufactured spend, even if they’re doing it with taxpayer money.
$1 million in travel, that’s an irresistible amount of bonus category spend. Though he may be improperly benefiting from it for his presidential campaign, it’s unlikely he’s able to pocket the miles. Instead, New Jersey is using American Express cards for state purchasing. No Membership Rewards points accumulating in anyone’s individual account.