Chris Christie: No. 1 U.S. Attorney In Wasting Gov't Travel Money

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    Chris Christie: No. 1 U.S. Attorney In Wasting Gov't Travel Money | TPMMuckraker

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    The Justice Department Inspector General released a report yesterday showing that a select number of U.S. Attorneys sought reimbursement above government lodging rates. At the top of the worst offenders list: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who was U.S. Attorney from 2002 to 2008.

    The report doesn't identify Christie or any of the U.S. Attorneys by name. But thanks to stories that came out during his campaign against former Gov. Jon Corzine (D) in 2009, we know that the U.S. Attorney who went over the government-set reimbursement rate the most between 2007 and 2009 was none other than current New Jersey governor.

    Specifics of Christie's travel detailed in stories during the gubernatorial race last year as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request from his opponent match with the profile of a federal prosecutor dubbed "U.S. Attorney C" in the Inspector General report.

    "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 found. "The U.S. Attorney provided insufficient, inaccurate, or no justification for 14 of 23 trips (61 percent) that exceeded the government rate."

    The fiscally conservative Republican governor was one of a "relatively small number of U.S. Attorneys" who did not comply with federal travel regulations or provide appropriate justification for his lodging costs which exceeded the government rate. He was just one of five U.S. Attorneys identified "who exhibited a noteworthy pattern of exceeding the government rate and whose travel documentation provided insufficient, inaccurate, or no justification for the higher lodging rates."

    One footnote mentions that Christie set up and had the government pay for a prearranged car service for a four-mile trip back and forth from the Boston airport at a price of $236 round trip. "In another example of excessive transportation costs, his car service from a London airport to his hotel in central London cost $562 round trip," the report added.

    Christie declined a request for an interview with the Inspector General's office. Christie's press secretary Michael Drewniak told the Associated Press that "the governor thoroughly addressed this issue during the campaign, and I would refer you to his remarks then."

    FireDogLake first connected the dots between the OIG report and TPMDC's October 2009 story. Some of the details that Christie and U.S. Attorney C shared include stays at the Nine Zero Hotel in Boston and the Four Seasons on Pennsylvania Ave. in D.C.
     
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    You mean there was enough information to smear Christie, but nobody else?

    How Nixonian.
     
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    The man was elected governor a year ago. Who gives a shit about this now?
     
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    edthecynic is a troll, thats why.
     
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    Put his travel expenses up against Pelosi's......


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    Christies, "Bull in a China Shop" leadership style is starting to catch up with him. He has the same "I am the decider" attitude that Bush had
     
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    The only people pissed off at him are government parasites.
     
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    Seems simply a hit piece. Where's the scandal? Are they bringing charges? If not, why not? If he went over any "limits" we need to ask two questions because this article is silent RE this:
    1. Did he pay that amount over the "limit"?

    and if not,

    2. Who paid for the overage? The Government? If so why? What is the proper SOP here?

    Perhaps this article argues for the main principle that Christien ran on; smaller, less expensive government?

    Is this another attempt to demonize those who are merely within what the law allows, like those who question the constitutionality of Social Security but are called hippocrites for legally applying for and getting their legal benefits simply because the author disagrees with Christie's politics?

    If Christie broke the law prosecute him, or is this just another indictment of the present Holder DOJ playing favorites and choosing cases according to race, like the NBPP case, or, even, arbitrarily? This article is an attempt at a “Gotcha” piece without an actual “Gotcha!” The piece raises more questions than it answers. For instance this:
    Stories what stories? No links, no names, no sources. Hell, the article even admits that the official 'report' doesn't even name names as to who, exactly, might be included. But the author assures us that he knows because of "stories. Please.



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    Christie is a government parasite
     
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    No, they lost the election. He's firing them.
     

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