The New Jersey Republican committee paid $63,000 for a chartered jet to fly Christie to a closed-door seminar June 26 near Vail, Colorado, public election records show. The event was sponsored by David and Charles Koch, the billionaire oilmen, and Christie’s participation became public only when the magazine Mother Jones posted a secret recording of his speech to its website Sept. 7.$63,000 for a one day trip there and back? Apparently he didn't fly Southwest.
That seems like a lot of money considering Christie compared the Koch jaunt to a "family trip" or a quick stop at the deli, when he was initially asked to explain why he didn't disclose the trip in the first place.
Was the NJ Republican Party reimbursed for that $63k by the Kochs? By some other corporate entity? Or does the state party just have $63k sitting around to blow on what was supposed to have been a secret trip, until we otherwise blew that secret with our exclusive at Mother Jones a few weeks back, revealing Christie's secret keynote address for the billionaire brothers?
Hopefully someone can do some more digging there. We can't imagine working man donors to the NJ GOP being asked to scrape up $50 or $100 donations would be too happy to see that kind of profligate spending --- at least not without getting something in return. But what do we know?
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