- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Invoices show New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s security team has billed the state $2 million for dozens of trips outside the state since 2010.

The Record reported (https://bit.ly/2bkJSoh ) that documents obtained through a public records request covering April through June show the state police security team following the governor out of state incurred $51,000 in expenses. That takes their total billings to $2 million since the governor took office in 2010.

The Republican governor ended his presidential campaign in February, but he continues to travel the country as a surrogate for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Christie’s the chairman of Trump’s potential transition to the White House.

An analysis of Christie’s public schedules from April through June shows the governor spent a dozen full or partial days outside the state, including an April trip with Trump to meet with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Trump’s current running mate. He also traveled outside the country.

Though taxpayers don’t usually cover Christie’s expenses on political trips, they do pay for meals, lodging, travel and other costs incurred by state police troopers in his entourage.

A state judge has ruled the public isn’t allowed to see a breakdown of troopers’ credit card charges because those details could compromise Christie’s security.

Christie has said he doesn’t intend to repay the state treasury for his security team’s expenses on out-of-state trips.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), https://www.northjersey.com

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