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Watchdog report targets New Jersey governor

By Ed O'Keefe


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).

Eye Opener

Tough-talking, budget-busting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has a new nickname: "Attorney C."

The fiscally conservative governor and former U.S. attorney faced accusations during his 2009 campaign that he often stayed in expensive hotels that exceeded the government's approved reimbursement rates.

In a report released Monday, Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine confirmed that five unnamed former U.S. attorneys, including Christie, routinely exceeded government lodging rates "by large amounts, with insufficient, inaccurate, or no justification."

Government lodging rates vary depending on location and dates of travel. In 2009, the government rate in New York City ranged from $360 during the busy holiday season and $259 during summer months. The government rate for Peoria, Ill. in 2009 was $70 per night for the entire year.

Though the report does not use names, three of the former U.S. attorneys were men, two were women, and the description of hotel bills submitted by "Attorney C" match news reports about Christie's hotel bills published in the final weeks of the 2009 campaign. Christie was one of two former U.S. attorneys who declined to be interviewed by Fine's office.

According to the report's review of reimbursements made between 2009 and 2009, "Attorney C" submitted 23 expense reports that included lodging costs. Of those, 15 exceeded the government lodging rate and 14 gave insufficient justifications, the report said. The 14 expense reports totaled $2,176, the report said.

"In terms of the percentage of travel, U.S. Attorney C was the U.S. Attorney who most often exceeded the government rate without adequate justification," the report concluded.

A stay at Boston's boutique Nine Zero Hotel cost taxpayers $449 per night, more than double the government's reimbursement rate for the city, the report said. Christie's secretary told investigators it was a "coincidence" that he attended meetings in the same hotel. A stay at Washington, D.C.'s Four Seasons hotel cost $475 per night, more than double the $233 per night reimbursement rate. Christie stayed at the Georgetown hotel because he had to give an early morning speech there, according to the justification memo included with his expense report.

The governor's office declined to comment Monday, but a spokesman confirmed Christie declined to be interviewed by Fine's office. Christie defended the expenses in several interviews last year, saying he always sought rooms set aside at the government rate.

"There are only a few hotel rooms in each hotel that are reserved for government rate," Christie told New Jersey's Daily Record last October "If you got them, you got them. If you didn't, you didn't. I wouldn't have slept in the park."

"It wasn't waste," he told the Associated Press around the same time. "I had to go someplace for part of my job. We tried to get the government rate. We couldn't. So my only alternative would have been to not go."

The vast majority of officials serving as U.S. attorneys during the two-year review period rarely or never exceeded the government lodging rate, the report concluded.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | November 9, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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Comments

ALL US Attorneys who exceeded government rates without sufficient justification -- disability, last minute replacement for another US Attorney, etc. -- should repay the Federal government for the amount they exceeded the established rates -- just like Federal employees (like me) would have to do. In fact, even though I have a disability as defined by OPM, my Federal agency travel policy would not upgrade my airline class from coach to business class and I had to use my personal frequent flyer miles – not earned by previous government-related travel – to upgrade my airline seating.

Attorney "C" (NJ Governor Christie) should repay $2,176 for the total he exceeded the government rates. Report indicates that the "vast majority of officials serving as US Attorneys during this period rarely or never exceeded the government lodging rate," therefore, there was no reason for Governor Christie to be reimbursed for any amounts above the government rates. He does not want to build the tunnel because it will exceed the amount of funds NJ has to contribute. He should follow his own dictates and reimburse the Federal government. While it may seem rude to mention it, his excessive size may have been the reason he required/needed the higher cost rooms and like the rest of the American public who might need two seats on an airplane because of their large size, he should pay the extra amounts.

Practice what you preach, Governor Christie!

Posted by: joycebl | November 9, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm, DOJ fights the State of AZ from protecting itself and now comes after Christie for $2,000. I am so happy my tax dollars are being spent so well.

Posted by: mmourges | November 9, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

thanks, com.post for wasting our time on this trivia.

Posted by: robeste | November 9, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

"There are only a few .. rooms in each hotel that are reserved for government rate," Christie told New Jersey's Daily Record ..."It wasn't waste....So my only alternative would have been to not go."

First part (limited rooms in hotels) is correct.
Second part (no other alternative) is not, there's other hotels available, travelers don't have to stay at the meeting location.

Posted by: southVAHmptn | November 9, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Most people with experience in using them know that the government rate system doesn't work perfectly.

Posted by: blasmaic | November 9, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

"According to the report's review of reimbursements made between 2009 and 2009, "Attorney C" submitted 23 expense reports that included lodging costs. Of those, 15 exceeded the government lodging rate and 14 gave insufficient justifications, the report said. The 14 expense reports totaled $2,176, the report said."

14 expense reports totaling $2,176?

That's $155/expense report. OMG, call the swap teams, call the FBI, call everybody!

This is a perfect example of an investigation being driven solely for political reasons. What a waste of taxpayers money this investigation is.

Posted by: ahashburn | November 9, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Christie is on Obama's "Enemies List", and like Richard Nixon, Obama is trying to attack him, but it won't work and will make Obama even more undesirable in 2012 as he shows he is petty, narcisstic and vindictive.

Posted by: Realist201 | November 9, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Gee, what a surprise. Odumbo's racist AG holder is going after conservatives who are, as Odumbo can't, making government work without screwwing the people.
Disgusting.

Remember these slugs in 2012.

Posted by: LarryG62 | November 9, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

I guess Christie is only interested in cutting waste and spending when it doesn't affect him. I live in NJ and so far, the only taxes he has cut are corporate ones. My local taxes had to go up to cover the money he took from schools. I can only hope this is the begining of the end of Christie.

Posted by: rocketman5 | November 9, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

More GOP hypocrisy. If he couldn't get the government rate he could have gone elsewhere instead of wasting our money.

Posted by: tojo45 | November 9, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Wow! Christie must have Obumbler and his bunk buddie Holder worried. LMAO!

Posted by: illogicbuster | November 9, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

What is it about presidents and their use of the Department of Justice to pursue their political ends? LBJ and Nixon used the DOJ to investigate their political enemies and now we see this administration doing the same thing to besmirch an extremely popular Republican governor - a man who might very well step up to challenge President Obama in 2012. Frankly, the DOJ's blatanty partisan attack should be the subject of a Congressional investigation.

Posted by: JerryH3 | November 9, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Will the DOJ please tell the people what we are paying for Obama and wifes trip he is on... Hmmm not a peep eh....whats good for the goose is good for the gander...so lets see those numbers!!!

Posted by: independent31 | November 9, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Chris Christie is just being a politician .......... does anyone in political office believe that they are not entitled??

Neither political party seems to really care about the American people or this nation. All just love to point fingers at others.

Posted by: bkarpus | November 9, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

When entitlement conflicts with fiscal conservatism, something has to give. Expect the abuse to grow as self-absorbed Repubicons exercise their newly obtained right to squander public funds.

Posted by: irsbob | November 9, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Puuuleeaazzz. How much is it costing the Obamas to holiday in India? $200 million a day or something? And they want to go after Christie for $2000 extra spent doing his job?

Get a life, Holder.

Posted by: theduke89 | November 9, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Maybe DOJ should simply make its employees pay with their own credit cards and apply for reimbursement, then give them the standard per diem.

Or maybe Christie had genuine justifications.

Of course, the fact that he now happens to be the Republican governor of New Jersey has nothing to do with the release of this information long after the fact.

We can all rest assured on that score.

Posted by: hambya | November 9, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Hypocrite!!!

If the hotel where you're speaking doesn't have a government rate room - GO TO ANOTHER ONE. That's what I and my subordinates do or we pay the difference. Nothing difficult there.

Posted by: rlj611 | November 9, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

if there wasn`t so many corrupt democratic politicians he would not have to travel so much while he was new jersey atty.general.$2000.00 and the justice department is going after him what a sorry bunch of people we have in d.c..what about all those people who work in our government who do not pay their taxes and owe the government $$$.thank God this dysfuntional regime is coming to an end.

Posted by: SISSD1 | November 9, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse


obama is richard nixon reincarnated.

this is nothing more than political vendetta and a desperate grab for even the most trivial information to try to create rap sheets on those individuals whom the paranoid obama administration has placed on its "enemies list."

i always knew it would be like this with obama.

Posted by: potomacfever00 | November 9, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

So the DOJ and the Post's Watchdog Report is going after Governor Christie for $2000 in room overcharges ?

Should President Obama be worried about the extravagant cost of his Asian tour ? the 500+ rooms at the Taj hotel in India ? the six planeloads of staff and reporters ?

Posted by: pvilso24 | November 9, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Mr. O'Keefe:

How much in taxpayer money was spent last year flying Nancy Pelosi around the planet?

How much in taxpayer money was spent last year on Michelle Obama's wardrobe?

When you post honest answers to those two questions, then I may care about the $2,000 Christie spent on unauthorized hotel rooms.

Posted by: dbw1 | November 9, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

It's sad, but I guess I shouldn't be surprised so many of the comments thus far have been along the lines of "Why worry about just $2,000?" If it's so little money, why doesn't he write a check and put it behind him? After all, there is no doubt that he repeatedly cheated his employer--and the U.S. taxpayer.

As for those who allege the charges are motivated by political bias or (even more absurdly) racial bias (?!), I would just point out the governor hasn't denied the charges--he's just made pathetic excuses. So much for personal responsibility and being a good steward of taxpayer money.

Posted by: DCSteve1 | November 9, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Who cares? What I want to know is when he hired Snooki to be his make up artist.

Posted by: greenmountainboy | November 9, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

I am a conservative, and this type of entitled action by Cristie makes me angry. Its simple, just follow the rules and don't waste taxpayer money. Not one dime.

Posted by: david65 | November 9, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Shame on the admin types in the DOJ for paying the claims in excess of the government rate!!!! Attorney C should have been reimbursed for the government rate and had to eat the rest just like the rest of the government would have to do without prior approval to go over or "sufficient justification" to get reimbursed! Where are the disciplined accountants who are the last line of defense as stewards for taxpayer dollars???? Focus on them, they are the real problem.....

Posted by: testpilot87 | November 9, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

CHRIS CHRISTIE, WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

Oh right. You're cutting them left and right.

"In withdrawing funding for the project, which would have created construction 6,000 jobs"

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN2723788020101027

PATHETIC.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | November 9, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Wow, thanks WaPo. I thought that you were going to write an article about the ridiculous spending by the Obama Administration on its travels, but nope, we don't have to worry about that, we have $2000 to worry about. The attempted destruction of Christie by the left has begun.

Posted by: PACIFICENV | November 9, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

So fatboy was living large on the taxpayer's teat? What a surprise...NOT

Posted by: Observer691 | November 9, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

What's the point of this? If he submitted reports saying he paid above government rate, they're perfectly free to reimburse the government rate to him. Was he supposed to lie about the cost?

Posted by: getjiggly1 | November 9, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Whats wrong with our governments checks and balances?

When I travel for my company and exceed established rates it has to be approved or I eat the cost difference.

Posted by: motslots1 | November 9, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

By the looks of his lard butt, hotel rooms wasn't the only overcharges he made.

Posted by: clintt5 | November 9, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Typical GOP hypocrisy, or should I say hypochristie? Buckle down, bite the bullet, cut costs, make tough choices -- of course, they're talking about everyone else, not themselves.

Posted by: tomguy1 | November 9, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

At least he didn't have 3,000 people come with him, and he did it without building a tunnel.

Posted by: grunk | November 9, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

so if the bean counters at DOJ had been doing their job, they would have allowed JUST the per diem and billed christie for the difference.

if they didn't do that, then this reflects more poorly on DOJ than on any individual who might have submitted his or her reimbursement claims and exceeded the allowed per diem.

this is a non-story.

Posted by: potomacfever00 | November 9, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I am a black girl and I met a white guy on __...Black White Meet . com...___ recently. What's your idea about interracial marriage? Black White Meet . C om is a dating club for interracial singles to have fun together. Interracial is not a problem here, but a great merit to cherish! I like this club, please show me your idea here.

Posted by: abulaw | November 9, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

So, it's already started - the lame stream media is beginning to tarnish the most popular Republicans (with Republicans) to lessen their chances of being elected POTUS.
By the time they've gone through all of them, we'll know if any Republican candidate didn't pay back a nickel he/she owed to a friend when they were 9 years old.
Disgusting, but, fortunately, I don't think it's going to work - America's situation is too serious for this silliness.

Posted by: MissButterfly | November 9, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

So, it's already started - the lame stream media is beginning to tarnish the most popular Republicans (with Republicans) to lessen their chances of being elected POTUS.
By the time they've gone through all of them, we'll know if any Republican candidate didn't pay back a nickel he/she owed to a friend when they were 9 years old.
Disgusting, but, fortunately, I don't think it's going to work - America's situation is too serious for this silliness.

Posted by: MissButterfly | November 9, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

I cannot believe I read a comment above from someone so uninformed as to think the government pays for the first ladies clothes! Where do people come up with this stuff. As a retired Federal manager he should comply with the regulations; I did and hundreds of thousands of other do. This is not honest and it violates regulations and there are possible consequences.

Posted by: withersb | November 9, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Actually, the report does not say the expense vouchers totaled $2,176. It says they exceeded the government rate by that much. Don't Post reporters get trained to read?

"These 14 vouchers exceeded the government rate by $19 to $242 per night, for a total of $2,176 (excluding taxes for domestic travel)."

That's just the hotels, there were additional costs like $562 for a round-trip from the airport to his hotel!

Posted by: Hopeful9 | November 9, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

RE: The "watchdog" report on Gov Christie...

The Marxist Democrat Party in the U.S.A. will stop at nothing in their effort to discredit anyone who threatens their bureaucracy. The interlocked AFSCME union of state, county and municipal bureaucrats is coming under attack. The money is running out. Men like Chris Christie are dramatically downsizing state bureaucracies. Did you know that AFSCME is the largest union under the AFL-CIO Big Labor umbrella? Look it up. When AFL-CIO leader Richard Trumka calls for more "jobs" he's calling for more government bureaucrat jobs. Big Labor bureaucracy killed U.S. industry. Big Labor is killing U.S. government. Stop Big Labor! Stop the Big Labor Marxist Democrats!

Posted by: ironmule | November 9, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Heres a headline you'll never read.
Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine Investigates Union Corruption in Government Bidding Process.

Posted by: landfall23 | November 9, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Its funny that there are reportedly $2500 in overages, and $3,000,000 worth of separate concurrent investigations. Ever seen the other sides vouchers. You all dont want to go there. Consider this a pass on a violation we can name names if you want. That glass ceiling parachute isn't going to be there if you break it.

Posted by: spk202 | November 9, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I'm no fan of Christie, but this sure seems like much todo about nothing. Now, if it can be shown he has submitted expenses for "hiking the Appalachian", that might be something.

Posted by: vmax02rider | November 9, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

This is no surprise - the Ric Holder led Justice Dept is very, very selective in who it goes after - white male republicans are at the front of the list, first and only. The liberal evil doers? Well they are not even given a second thought.

But it does show just how much Christie scares the living daylights out of the limp wristed wine sipping upscale liberal crowd.

Posted by: zendrell | November 9, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

This is no surprise - the Eric Holder led Justice Dept is very, very selective in who it goes after - white male republicans are at the front of the list, first and only. The liberal evil doers? Well they are not even given a second thought.

But it does show just how much Christie scares the living daylights out of the limp wristed wine sipping upscale liberal crowd.

Posted by: zendrell | November 9, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

' . . . So my only alternative would have been to not go."

How about asking any 12-year old to get on the Web to find a Motel 6 just reading and waiting for your reservation.

Posted by: ctenwith | November 9, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Did this investigation get spurred because Christie refused to build the tunnel to NY? Lets see the start dates on the investigation filings! Stupid that he spent all that money on hotels but is this abuse of power trying to get him to cave on the NY tunnel (the abandoning of which I thought was a great decision)?

Posted by: overdrive_68 | November 9, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Can you say witch hunt? Smells of the Sen Joseph McCarthy years. Has the Obama presidency sunk to this low point now?

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | November 9, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

"It wasn't waste," he told the Associated Press around the same time. "I had to go someplace for part of my job. We tried to get the government rate. We couldn't. So my only alternative would have been to not go."

The vast majority of officials serving as U.S. attorneys during the two-year review period rarely or never exceeded the government lodging rate, the report concluded.

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In fact, the vast, overwhelming majority of people whose travel is paid for by the U.S. government rarely or never exceed the government lodging rate. There most assuredly are hotels -- quality hotels -- withing a couple of blocks of the Four Seasons in Georgetown and Nine Zero in Boston that typically have the government rate available.

Now, SOMEBODY approved the excess reimbursements. Just like somebody approved Christie's $50 million no-bid contract to John Ashcroft, the no-bid contract to a former U.S. attorney who decided not to prosecute Christie's brother for securities fraud, and a lot of et ceteras. It seems that when it comes to themselves, Republicans feel that "waste, fraud, and abuse" is something they should aspire to, not something they should prosecute.

With respect to a purported Obama-Holder enemies list, it is sadly to be noted that through allowing the statutes of limitations to lapse, these two people have given de facto immunity to essentially every single criminal in the Bush-Cheney Administration, even those who have not just admitted to, but bragged about, their crimes.

Posted by: edallan | November 9, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I will guarantee that he could have found a Motel 6 or even a Hampton Inn with a proper rate and rented a car or taken a taxi to get himself to the conference hotel.

Posted by: StanKlein | November 9, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

i dont care much re the bills...
or the tunnel...
but the 'wingers comments make me feel sad for the USA.
BHO has an 'enemies list'; gimme a break...

Posted by: mloaks | November 9, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

their sure are a lot of liberal democrats on this blog.ask pelosi what it cost the taxpayers for her jaunts around the country.if christie ever runs for president and wins,i wonder how fast holder will leave the country.shouldn`t the justice dept.go after barney (i am innocent) frank, chris( i don`t know what i did wrong) dodd,charlie(corrupt as anyone since duke cunningham and dan rostenkoski).rangel and of couse that little lady from texas as well as her husband.so will someone please tell the president and holder to clean their own laundry first and than maybe the country will have some trust in him again and his cabinet.

Posted by: SISSD1 | November 9, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

This tunnel project sounds good, but Christie ended it and now NJ owes the federal government over $350M.

>>>>The new, multibillion-dollar tunnel will be vitally important to the economic prosperity of the region -- indeed, the entire state. Its impact will be felt in an estimated 45,000 permanent jobs created, the increasing property values from transit-oriented development in communities served by rail, and in cleaner air as thousands of cars are kept off the roads.

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/inq_ed_board/Christies_tunnel_vision_Big_gamble_or_big_goof.html

Posted by: angie12106 | November 9, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

How ironic the DOJ listens to IG for this case but when Obama buddy Kevin Johnson in Sacramento took $400K of an $800K grant for person items the IG was terminated. Lets see..investigate $2100 but let $400K go bye..yeah gov't is interested in attacking waste.

Posted by: grandad17 | November 9, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

What a joke this slimy demorats are. this despicable bunch of clowns should complete some of the ongoing charges against their own corrupt members that are already up on charges. then we have the dropped charges against the Black Panthers at the polling places that had charges dropped by Holder and no explanation given

How about sleaze bag Pelosi and the cost of her plane trips,why is that not investigated.

I hope the Repubs start all kind of investigations & expose you demorats for what you really are. a despicable, sleazy, corrupt, bunch of clowns

Posted by: myword1 | November 9, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse


Since Nancy Pelosi took over as Speaker in 2006, she's rung up millions in military travel expenses to commute between San Francisco and Washington.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi -- in my humble opinion -- has abused her office by using military jets for the travel convenience of her children. It would seem that the instances highlighted above constitute, at minimum, a complete disregard for the American taxpayer's funds.

22-Feb-2007: A military jet is used for the travel needs of the Speaker's son, Paul Jr.
13-Apr-2007: A military jet is utilized for the travel of the Speaker's daughter, son-in-law and grandson.
15-Jun-2007: A military jet is used for the travel needs of the Speaker's son, Paul Jr.
09-Jul-2007: A military jet is used for the travel needs of the Speaker's son, Paul Jr.
13-Jan-2008: A military jet is used for the travel needs of Paul Pelosi, Jr., son of the Speaker.
29-Sep-2008: A military jet is used for the travel needs of Paul Pelosi, Jr., son of the Speaker.
30-Oct-2008: A military jet is used for the Speaker's daughter and a son-in-law, Peter Kaufman.
25-Nov-2008: A military jet is used for the Speaker's daughter, her son-in-law and two grandchildren.

Posted by: corebanks1940 | November 9, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

They love this guy on Morning Joe.

That's where I've learned an arrogant bully is an arrogant bully, even when they smiling, chubby and cute.

Mika, the journalist, hugs this creep when he shows up...but, then she dresses like a street walker...professionalism ain't what it used to be.

Posted by: edismae | November 9, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

The article in the New York Times has many more details and far fewer typos.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/09/nyregion/09christie.html?src=un&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fjson8.nytimes.com%2Fpages%2Fpolitics%2Findex.jsonp

To sum up, 203 out of 208 U.S. attorneys were able to stay within the FTR guidelines when travelling. Five couldn't be bothered. And I still think that there are a couple of "decent" hotels that consistently offer the government rate around Georgetown and downtown Boston.

Posted by: edallan | November 9, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, but you don't get so fat with your own money and living stingily!

And the Republicans speaking from both sides of their (fat) mouths?

Can we have some news here?

Posted by: kishorgala | November 9, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

being a former military man i know of people who have been prosecuted for fraud and essentially thievery for claims less than this.

Posted by: vanwahlgren | November 9, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

not much of a story here...........

Posted by: mikeb4 | November 10, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

1. $233 per night in DC is hard to find at times, even at 2 star hotels at the far end of the Metro.

2. Staying at or near a meeting site is much more productive. Not all the work goes on at the meeting.

3. At $155 per expense report, and a total of less than $2200, I sure hope the Obama 2012 campaign is paying for this.

Posted by: ram1020 | November 10, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Yawn. Nice hit piece -- and so timely! When you look into who the hundreds of sycophants are who accompany Michelle Obama to Spain or on this trip to India, or on members of Congress flying on private jets and staying at spots in the Bahamas, maybe we'll care about a U.S. attorney. This coming from the media, who pads expense reports like nobody's business? Please. You don't pay for anyone. I know. I work in the media. If only our entire government only ran a couple grand over budget like Christie.

Posted by: chicoandtheman2001 | November 10, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

And meanwhile, he's putting away thousands of scumbags in politics who are raping the taxpayers for millions and millions. I'll take a little extra for a guy who does that.

Besides, Eliot Spitzer is in the same hotels with HOOKERS. hahahaha. Great!

And by the way, if the expenses were approved, there's no issue here at all. None. The guidelines are just that.

Posted by: chicoandtheman2001 | November 10, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I am a have a small business and I used to stay at the YMCA near Central Park for 25 dollars night. It had a really nice gym with a huge pool and the park was right out your front door. That was 20 years ago and the rates have gone up but you can still get a two bedroom suite with a shared bath for 169 dollars or a single for 112 dollars. You can find a hotel room in New York for 233 night without having to stay at a youth Hostel.

Posted by: mlang461 | November 10, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised that Obama or Holder didn't send the Black Panthers over to Christies house to collect the accidental expense overcharge. There is not much difference in that and looking the other way while the Blank Panther thugs scare little old ladies at a voting booth but at the same time going after Christie for some minor expense report oversight.

Posted by: Dirkster | November 12, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

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