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  • 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."

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  • 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.

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