Chris Christie Accused Of Using $360,000 Taxpayer Money For Food And Drink
The New Jersey governor has more problems.
Christie is being called out for using taxpayer dollars to buy over $300,000 worth of “food, alcohol, and desserts” for unofficial purposes during his time in office, with nearly a third of that money used for purchasing concessions at NFL games.
New Jersey Watchdog combed through Christie’s records and discovered that in the five years since he became governor, he charged the state government $360,000 in discretionary expenditures — and 80% of that money went to food. Now, it would be one thing if that money went towards official purposes, like hosting receptions and paying for dinners related to his work. But according to their findings, Christie regularly uses his account to pay for an absurd amount of food…
The governor used it to buy $102,495 worth of groceries and alcoholic beverages from retail stores. It’s not clear from records whether the goods stocked the pantries and filled the refrigerators at Drumthwacket, the governor’s official mansion in Princeton, or the Mendham house where Christie and his family live. The store addresses were not disclosed.
Christie did most of his serious food shopping at Wegmans Food Markets, where he spent $76,373 during 53 shopping runs. He patronized ShopRite supermarkets 51 times for $11,971 in purchases – plus another $6,536 in seven visits to ShopRite’s liquor stores.
Those grocery bills dropped dramatically in early 2013,shortly after Barbara Walters asked on network television whether Christie was too overweight to be president.