Chris Christie Shows Fondness for Luxury Benefits When Others Pay the Bill

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Christie likes to live…extravagantly.

He apparently has a penchant for private jets and fancy hotels. But hey, who doesn’t? Problem is these jets and hotels are often paid for by people looking to influence the political discussion, or in some cases, by the taxpayers of New Jersey.

He’s hardly alone but it’s still not right.

(From The New York Times)

As Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey waited to depart on a trade mission to Israel in 2012, his entourage was delayed by a late arrival: Mr. Christie’s father, who had accidentally headed to the wrong airport.

A commercial flight might have left without him, but in this case, there was no rush. The private plane, on which Mr. Christie had his own bedroom, had been lent by Sheldon G. Adelson, the billionaire casino owner and supporter of Israel. At the time, he was opposing legislation then before the governor to legalize online gambling in New Jersey.

Mr. Christie loaded the plane with his wife, three of his four children, his mother-in-law, his father and stepmother, four staff members, his former law partner and a state trooper.

King Abdullah of Jordan picked up the tab for a Christie family weekend at the end of the trip.

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