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Jul 04th
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Gov. Christie's expensive helicopter travel is presidential

christiechris052411_optBY PAM LOBLEY

Governor Christie showed up to watch his son’s baseball game yesterday – in a State Police helicopter.

Making a dramatic landing in a football field nearby, the chopper swooped down just as the game was beginning, and Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, were able to watch their son, Andrew, play ball. Andrew is the starting catcher for his team at Delbarton, a private high school.

Delbarton was playing St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, and it was the second round of the state playoffs. Christie stated that he “came from a meeting and was headed to another meeting” – both in Trenton – presumably the reason to employ the helicopter.

Any working parent can relate to this, right? You’re busy, but you want to support your child in their activities. I myself am always rushing to one event or another. Just yesterday I had to rush from home, where I was finishing a column and helping my younger son with homework, to attend a marching band awards dinner with my oldest son. I had to use the helicopter. And by helicopter I mean dented minivan with a bunch of half-empty water bottles rolling around the back seat.

After landing in the helicopter, Christie and his wife got in a black Ford Crown Victoria and were driven the 100 yards from the helicopter to the baseball field.

Seriously? They drove 100 yards? Have they not heard of exercise? This is why Christie can’t lose weight.

Christie’s schedule showed no public meetings yesterday, so it is unclear what meetings in Trenton he might have been attending. In any case, he left the game after the fifth inning, because of another meeting scheduled in Princeton at the governor’s mansion. Delbarton went on to win the game, 7-2.

The Princeton meeting was between Christie and several Iowa GOP donors who want to convince the governor to run for president in 2012. While Christie has been amenable to meeting with potential donors, he has repeatedly insisted that is not going to run because, as he puts it, he is not ready to be president.


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