I hate stuff like this:
Chris Christie’s expense account tells a story of appetite and ambition, one that pits government waste versus the New Jersey governor’s waistline.
Christie spent $360,000 from his state allowance during his five years in office. More than 80 percent of that money, or $300,000, was used to buy food, alcohol and desserts, according to a New Jersey Watchdog analysis of records released by the governor’s office.
In addition to his $175,000 a year salary, the governor receives $95,000 a year in expense advances, paid quarterly by the state. In the state budget, it is listed as “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.”
While Christie returns surplus funds to the state each year, Treasury officials say he does not submit receipts or accounting for the public monies he spends. The governor’s ledger, obtained from Christie under the Open Public Records Act, offers a rare, if partial glimpse of a controversial expense account shrouded in secrecy.
Alcohol and desserts, oh my! get it? CHRIS CHRISTIE IS FAT.
The Governor is given a 95k expense account to entertain people. He’s the governor. This is as stupid as wingnuts bitching about the cost to fly Michelle Obama on vacation. If people don’t like it, they can write a law and get rid of it. But this whole thing is nothing more than a veiled attempt to pick on his weight.