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Topic - Melissa Schwartz
All along the East Coast, from Georgia to New England, people weren't sure for a second what they were feeling. And then they were.
Some of the nation's top federal prosecutors — including a former U.S. attorney now serving as governor of New Jersey — have been skirting travel regulations, opting for accommodations well above the government's budget with little or no justification, the Justice Department's inspector general says.
While on the campaign trail, Mr. Christie defended the expenditures as ones made only when cheaper hotels were not available, Justice Department spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz noted at the time that "the government rate is not a suggestion, it's a guideline."
In an e-mail response, she told the inspector general she expected her hotel costs to be reimbursed by a third party and thought the government rate lodging was not a concern of hers.