They say in the Record re the helicopter ride:
The governor, who's criticized other politicians for wasteful spending and abuse of government perks, used a state police helicopter last Tuesday to travel from Mercer County to his son's baseball game in Montvale, and then back to Mercer County to dine with Iowa Republicans who want him to run for president.We can't understand why he needed a helicopter in the first place. The Governor looks like a human blimp who could have sailed over on his own - see the picture.
Accepting responsibility: He said the state police's security detail decides when to use the helicopter to meet his travel demands, but added "ultimately these are my judgments."
Casting blame: Christie and the New Jersey Republican Party reimbursed the state for the cost of the helicopter trip, but only because he said the story had become a distraction fueled by the media and Democrats.
"These guys are a joke and this is why the people of New Jersey reject that kind of politics," Christie said. "I am not going to allow the media and the hacks in the Democratic Party to turn this into something that allows them to do what they always like to do, which is get away from the serious issues where they have to make hard choices for things that matter because they want to have a circus."