Usually the Republican Party line falls somewhere along the fiscally and socially conservative spectrum, but it looks like Republican New Jersey governor and possible presidential candidate Chris Christie didn’t get the memo on that first one. A new report from New Jersey Watchdog found that Christie spent nearly 80 percent of his $360,000 state allowance over the last five years in office on food, alcohol, and dessert.
Christie spent more than $82,000 of this money on concession stand foods at MetLife stadium, where the New York Jets and Giants play most of their home games. Christie is a known super football fan, and is frequently seen in luxury boxes at these games. According to New Jersey Watchdog, the extra allowance expenditures are meant to be used for “funds not otherwise appropriated and used for official receptions on behalf of the state, the operation of an official residence, for other expenses.”
Although the release of the report has been met with outrage from the media and from Christie’s constituents, the governor’s office defends the governor’s expensive food and drink bill. “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,” said Christie’s press secretary Kevin Roberts in a statement.