Questioning Awaits NJ Police Superintendent Over Gov. Christie’s Use Of State Choppers

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New Jersey’s top cop will be answering questions Tuesday about Gov. Chris Christie’s use of state police helicopters for transportation.

The Assembly Homeland Security Committee called State Police Superintendent Rick Fuentes to testify after reports that Christie used choppers twice recently to attend his son’s high school baseball games.

A political firestorm erupted, and Christie reimbursed taxpayers for the trips.

Committee Chairwoman Annette Quijano says she wants to find out who approves helicopter travel and how flight arrangements are made.

The governor’s office says Christie or his staff used the helicopter 35 times in 16 months, far less than previous governors.

The helicopter fleet is used primarily for emergencies and homeland security missions.

What do you think of Gov. Christie’s use of state helicopters in this case? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • craig

    The way I see it, I would rather have the governor spend as much time as possible doing the State’s business rather than sitting in traffic. If using the chopper allows him to conserve time and balance his responsibility as a dad then so be it. I find it refreshing to listen to a politician speak his mind and not simply be a puppet for either the Republican or Democratic parties.

  • ham07

    Nice one governer. Do the civil servant’s whose pensions you are going after get to take chopper rides to their kid’s game. No…you hypocrite.

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