The king of Jordan paid a $30,000 hotel bill that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and his family racked up in 2012 during a junket to Israel, according to a New York Times report on the governor’s extravagant travel habits published Tuesday.
Christie’s wife, three of his children, mother-in-law, father and stepmother were on the trip along with four members of his staff, a former law partner and a New Jersey trooper, the Times reported.
From the Times:
King Abdullah of Jordan picked up the tab for a Christie family weekend at the end of the trip. The governor and two staff members who accompanied him came back to New Jersey bubbling that they had celebrated with Bono, the lead singer of U2, at three parties, two at the king’s residence, the other a Champagne reception in the desert. But a small knot of aides fretted: The rooms in luxurious Kempinski hotels had cost about $30,000; what would happen if that became public?
The newspaper also noted that Christie’s domestic travels have prompted an ethics inquiry from the state of New Jersey.
The owner of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, flew Christie to several football games on his private jet after the governor recommended Jones’ company for a contract with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, according to the Times.