Chris Christie Reportedly Spent over $82k in Taxpayer Money on Concessions at MetLife Stadium… in Just Two Years

Pictured: Chris Christie takes in a 2010 Giants game
Pictured: Chris Christie takes in a 2010 Giants game

This is absolutely one of my favorite things of 2015: Chris Christie reportedly used over $82k of his taxpayer-funded allowance – “an allowance of funds not otherwise appropriated and used for official receptions on behalf of the state, the operation of an official residence, for other expenses” – at MetLife Stadium.

From the NY Daily News:

According to New Jersey Watchdog, the Garden State Republican — and potential 2016 candidate — spent $82,594 of his taxpayer-funded allowance on concessions at MetLife Stadium, the New Jersey complex where the New York Giants and New York Jets play, over the course of the 2010 and 2011 NFL football seasons.

But, according to New Jersey Watchdog, Christie didn’t submit receipts or accounting for any of the money he spent, arousing suspicion. The news agency only obtained access to the receipts by use of an Open Public Records Act request.

The governor’s office has maintained that Christie spent the money on concessions for official use.

And from New Jersey Watchdog, which broke the report:

On 58 occasions, Christie used a debit card to pay a total of $82,594 to Delaware North Sportservice, which operates the concessions at MetLife. The governor’s office did not provide any receipts, business reasons or names of individuals entertained, but defended the expense.

“The official nature and business purpose of the event remains the case regardless of whether the event is at the State House, Drumthwacket or a sporting venue,” said Christie’s press secretary Kevin Roberts in a prepared statement.

To avoid a potential scandal that could embarrass their rising political star, the New Jersey Republican State Committee reimbursed the Treasury in March 2012 for Christie’s purchases from “DNS Sports.”  Since then, the governor has refrained from using his expense account at MetLife and other sports venues.

It looks like he simply solved this “problem” by befriending Jerry Jones and becoming a Cowboys fan… which of course led to another terrible conflict of interest.

The best part is that though Christie’s office argues a business case for entertaining at sporting events (fair enough, because luxury box concessions are outrageously priced and can get you to $82k a lot quicker than you might think), he spent over $100k of the supplemental income on groceries and alcohol from 2010-2015. Of course Christie will argue a business case there, too, but the rate of those charges slowed in 2013 after he underwent lap-band surgery. Sounds like Jabba the Gov was just hungry.

I kinda want Christie to become President just for sheer entertainment purposes so we can see the fallout when he blows defense funds on building a Popeyes atop Michelle Obama’s vegetable garden.


20 Responses

  1. Should we start firing off “Jabba the Gov” T-Shirts?

    Just a reminder, you still haven’t paid us for all these shitty P Hire Ruben shirts.

  2. I don’t think he’s a fit for the white house. Literally. They would need to widen some doorways and add an addition to the kitchen.

  3. Seriously. Somebody tell Ed Rendell to stop calling me. Not gonna happen, Gov

    1. what about the taxpayer funds used to finance the stadium complex, people who never even attend the events had their money extorted to pay for those structures

  4. Jillian is a clear 6 masquerading as a 9 because she’s on TV and also keeps taking Instagram selfies next to Baicker. Not fair.

    Seen it in person: Above average, fit body. Nothing more. Not well liked at her fmr employer either. Btw: goose island sucks. It’s anheiser Busch, dummy. Crap.

    Looking for content and page views during this dead zone, Kyle? Any BOB or Fanatic AM show content gets you there. I can’t believe how lazy Gargano is, show is a worse version of his WIP shtick. Does he realize that tired nonsense got him an “insulting” offer at WIP?? Slob.

    If the content here doesn’t improve soon, Jim will get skewered just for being Jim.

    I’m also one of 6 people not related to the hosts that watched BOB this AM for 10 minutes. They couldn’t make a SNL skit up that would be funnier than this train wreck. The way Barrett Brooks was looking at Ellis this morning, I thought for sure he was going to eat him. I waited. And waited. But nothing after 9 mins so I bounced.

    1. Haven’t you heard enough about radio content?? WTF is wrong with you? Fucktard, shut up. It ALL SUCKS. We know this already.

    2. You should check out my show. It’s fresh and entertaining.

      Ignore the people who are flocking away from my show. I’m the greatest of all time.

    3. Hey, fucko, this is the Crossing Broad comment section, not your LiveJournal. Fix your bookmarks.

  5. Josh Innes would have spent more on concessions. By the by, have a Rita’s Gellati!

    1. As long as it’s “free” can you blame him? I take free stuff all the time

      Yo Holt’s, I need some more cigars by the way. I’m about to start whining about it during my show. Hook a brotha up.

  6. of all of the restaurants to pick to put in a sentence with michelle obama’s name, you pick a fried chicken place???? RACIST

  7. Hey Mezzie, lay some of that hard-cuttin’ mess on me. I’m short of a deuce of blips but I’ll straighten you later.

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