Christie Doesn’t Regret Using Helicopter To Attend Son’s Baseball Game

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said in a nationally televised interview Tuesday that criticism over his decision to use a state police helicopter to attend two of his son’s baseball games and a political event would not prevent him from doing so again, but he would pay for the rides upfront.

In a wide-ranging interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, the governor said he would make the same decision in using the month-old, $12.5 million helicopter but would pay for the ride on the front end to prevent any bad public perception.

Democrats have called for hearings to look into the Republican governor’s personal use of the perk and have called Christie a hypocrite for wasteful spending.

Christie said in the interview that he reimbursed the state after using the helicopter to shuttle from the Statehouse to the ballpark because he thought it was important to let the public know he wasn’t using the aircraft “as a perk of public office.”

Morgan interviewed Christie at his home, at Livingston High School where Christie went to school, and at the Ritz Diner in Livingston. Morgan also spoke with Christie’s son, Andrew, who said he was just happy to have his dad at the game.

A rising star in the Republican Party, Christie has turned down repeated pleas to run for president in 2012.

He said no one in the current field of GOP candidates for president has distinguished himself or herself enough for him to publicly back at this point.

“A lot of those folks impress me personally but none of them have emerged in my mind yet as the best option,” Christie said. “I don’t think any of them have yet distinguished themselves to say this is the best person, not only to take on Barack Obama but, more importantly, to lead our nation in the next four years after this election.”

Morgan asked Christie’s wife, Mary Pat, if her husband would make a great president, and she didn’t hesitate in saying he would. She said her husband was the best communicator she knows.

Asked what he felt most guilty about, the heavy-set governor said it was his weight. Christie said he’d be much happier personally and for his children if he could get that under control.

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  1. PhotoOp says:

    IMPORTANT CORRECTION TO THE STORY:
    Christie said in the interview that he reimbursed the state …because he thought it was important to let the public know he wasn’t using the aircraft “as a perk of public office.”
    ACTUALLY he reimbursed the state only after the press was already reporting the story.

  2. PhotoOp says:

    The key issue is not about improper use of public assets. As US attorney for years before being governor, Chris Christie has certainly warned others to avoid “the appearance of impropriety”. Yet he has different rules for himself. It’s not a right/left issue. It’s a character flaw. He wanted to be flown into that baseball game to show off for his neighbors. He’s a hippocrite.

  3. roger says:

    ……gues he would also continue to eat his way to a major heart attack and early
    demise…….can you imagine the sight and role model he would project as a future president……..only in politics could something like this be possible….
    another ego maniacal self absorbed clown

  4. CAM says:

    Did you complain when the Obamas flew to NYC for their date night? Look up what that cost taxpayers. Far more than the cost of the transportation!

  5. Ken says:

    He can use a State Helicopter for his sons baseball game but teachers cops and firemen should take pay cuts because they are causing the state to go broke, what a joke this guy is “Do as I say not as I do”. His arrogance will be his downfall.

  6. sharon wolff says:

    What an arrogant, inconsiderate, “do as I say, not as I do” jerk. I think everyone who voted for this guy should have their heads examined. Hey Fat Boy, Get your act togther and do something good for the state; ie, YOU TAKE A SALARY CUT, eliminate some of the other “fat cat, do nothing state jobs”, reduce YOUR SECURITY DETAIL, start using YOUR OWN MONEY to pay for gas for your cars.

  7. fatty says:

    He obviously couldn’t walk, look how fat he is. How else could he get around?

    1. Steve says:

      Lucky for governor Christie – the helicopter was strong enough to pick him up.

      1. fatty says:

        Gov’t crane operators were on strike that day.

      2. photoop says:

        Circus train?

    2. PhotoOp says:

      I’ll bet you never saw rotor blades crying before.

    3. PhotoOp says:

      Refrierated lard truck?

    4. PhotoOp says:

      Gubenatorial forklift?

  8. NJ Skeptic says:

    Not using it as a perk of public office? Really? How many times did he hire a private chopper to get to a game before he was gov? Didn’t think so.

  9. Jack says:

    If it is for personal business and he pays for it who cares. Sounds like he was trying to pull one over though by getting called on it and then paying for it. Typical grease bag republican.

    1. Joe says:

      Yea, not like the douch-bag Democrats that would had used it and not report it.

      1. ejones says:

        Your comment makes as much sense as voting republkan… that is, NONE.

      2. The Chief says:

        So you’re saying that, because there are sleazebag Dems, it’s justifiable?!? We’re all in trouble because Dems and Repubs have that kind of mindset. This country would be better served if we ALL start to clean up our own house before we comment and/or point fingers at our opponents.

      3. PhotoOp says:

        Hey, Chief. That’s exactly what Joe is saying. People he already supports can do no wrong because ‘the other guys’ were going to do worse. Apparently we’re actually LUCKY that a half dozen state troopers heaved the governor up onto that chopper. But what we really need for the rest of his term is a state circus train, and maybe he can be a stand up guy and pay for the peanuts.

  10. emjayay says:

    If a governor needs to get to a national disaster followed by an important meeting etc, use the heliocopter. Christie used the heliocopter to get to a part of his son’t game. Then later, after criticism, he paid for it. He’s as privledged a fat jerk as the worst politician.

    1. PhotoOp says:

      HEY! Now just wait a minute there, emjayay!!!
      You misspelled privileged.

  11. rcoleman says:

    he is not using the chopper to go to Bermuda, he was running around NJ
    sometimes it might require a faster mode of travel to keep with the schedule
    the chopper was already in use and the pilot needed training that is killing two birds with one stone, or sound economic sense.

    PS on the other hand he is a little rotund and may weigh to much for the chopper

    1. hereandnow says:

      He used it for personal and political reasons – going to the ballgame, then back to Princeton to meet with campaign donors from IOWA. No NJ governmental business was involved.
      He only paid after he was called out; he never intended to pay otherwise.
      Just another entitled, stick-it to the little guy republikan.

    2. lynn says:

      SSSSSSHHHHHH

    3. PhotoOp says:

      The key issue is not about improper use of public assets. As US attorney for years before being governor, Chris Christie has certainly warned others to avoid “the appearance of impropriety”. Yet he has different rules for himself. It’s not a right/left issue. It’s a character flaw. He wanted to be flown into that baseball game to show off for his neighbors. He’s a hippocrite.

  12. Travelertoo says:

    Repblicons never regret anything.

    1. PhotoOp says:

      Selfish arrogance is never having to say you’re sorry

  13. j.j. says:

    He “is” the governor. He should have some privileges. Don’t you think? Get over it already.

    1. emjayay says:

      No. A heliocopter may be useful in a tightly packed schedule of appearances and meetings and national disasters etc. around the state. Christie used it to go to part of his son’s game. He decided to pay for it after the brohaha. His has an inflated view of himself similar to his inflated size.

    2. Jamie Kirk says:

      Please…he only paid AFTER he got caught with his pants down around his ankles…

    3. lynn says:

      Getting over it is exactly why our political regimes do exactly as they please. You get over your shrugged shoulder attitude. Holding both regimes accountable would do a lot to making this country better for those of us who bear the weight of their greed, arrogance, ignorance. Let this loudmouthed, doubletalking liar pay it back. His child is no more important than anyone else’s!!!!!

    4. PhotoOp says:

      Hey, j.j. Thanks for your comment. You are officially relieved of the need to complain about taxes and corruption.

  14. el Jefe says:

    Chris,

    Get back on the chopper, head to DC and run for Prez already! We need you…

    eJ

    1. hereandnow says:

      …like we need a hole in the head.

    2. PhotoOp says:

      we’d be better off if he satt on top of the chopper

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