New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is a giant football fan.
Interpret that last sentence as you wish.
Over the past five years, Christie has spent $300,000 of his $360,000 state allowance, which comes from taxpayer dollars, on food, alcohol, and desserts — including precisely $82,594 on concessions at MetLife Stadium, according to an analysis from New Jersey Watchdog.
Christie purchased food and drinks at MetLife with his debit card 58 times between the 2010 and 2011 seasons, on average spending $1,500, the report says.
Christie’s press secretary, Kevin Roberts, released the following statement regarding the report, via Sporting News:
“The official nature and business purpose of the event remains the case regardless of whether the event is at the State House, Drumthwacket or a sporting venue.”
Christie also reportedly receives $175,000 per year, plus a $95,000 quarterly expense advance for “an allowance of funds not otherwise appropriated and used for official receptions on behalf of the state, the operation of an official residence, for other expenses,” as transcribed by Sporting News.
In other words, Christie can spend $95,000 per football season to buy you beers at Jets games in hopes you’ll support whatever he’s pushing that week. Oh, politics.
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