- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday that his response to a Cub Scout’s question shouldn’t affect his administration’s fight over releasing details about the cost of his security details.

Christie gave details about his security after the 7-year-old scout asked how many bodyguards he had because the boy said he wanted to do that when he grows up.

A video of the exchange during an April town hall was posted on YouTube. In it, Christie described the duties of the 30 state troopers assigned to protect him.

But on Wednesday, Christie said it’s naive to think that his answer included the type of information that the administration is fighting to keep secret.

“I think if anybody objectively thinks that by answering a question from a Cub Scout who wants to be a bodyguard someday that I had three people with me that day, that somehow that gives out the kind of information that others want to be given out about the nature, volume and character of my security, then they’re being a little bit naive,” he told reporters after visiting a restaurant in Spartanburg.

Christie also said in his answer to the boy that there’s always a guard driving with him and two others in a car behind him.

The New Jersey Watchdog website has sued the governor’s office, arguing the public should be able to see what his security guards are charging for food, travel and lodging on several credit cards whose costs are paid by taxpayers.

In court last week, Judge Mary Jacobson said she may order the administration to release a log of all food, travel and lodging expenses charged by his guards.

Christie’s lawyer, Deputy Attorney General Daniel M. Vannella, told the judge the governor did not provide all the details about how his security works. Addressing the YouTube video, he said, “I certainly wish the governor didn’t make those comments.”

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