NJ Dems Push Legislation To Force Christie To Pay Back 2016 Travel Costs

AP

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will no longer be able to charge state taxpayers for travels related to his 2016 campaign if Democratic state legislators have their way.

NJ.com reports that a state senate committee is weighing Thursday legislation that would force Christie to pay back the travel expenses he charged the state for political activities that were “not directly related to the Governor’s regular and official duties as Governor.”

In the last few months, the governor has used nearly $124,000 in public funds for trips to Great Britain, Canada and Mexico, according to NJ.com, and has spent more than half of this year outside of the state. Christie announced his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination in June.

A spokesman for Christie’s office told NJ.com the effort was “just another scene in the endless political drama being acted out by partisans in the legislature.”

New Jersey Democrats, who control both chambers of the legislature, have also floated a proposal that would force Christie to resign as governor in order to run for president.

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