Chris Christie spent plenty of dollars at NFL games

AP

When not traveling to Cowboys games at the expense of owner Jerry Jones, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie eats at the expense of the taxpayers at MetLife Stadium. Along with, hopefully, a lot of other people.

Via Watchdog.org, Christie supplemented the free luxury suite at the government-owned venue shared by the Giants and Jets via more than $82,000 in concession expenses over a 58-event stretch in 2010 and 2011.  Since the Jets and Giants host only 10 games each per year at the facility, it means Christie incurred the expenses at roughly 18 other MetLife events during that time period. That averages more than $1,400 per event.

Depending on the size of the suite, the menu options, and the cost of the food and drink, the average expenditures may not be that glaring. MetLife Stadium has suites ranging from 12 to 30 people, which means that the average expense per person per event ranges from $46 to $116.

But since those facts tend to undercut the notion of Christie chain-eating brats or treating the desert table like the pie-eating contest in Stand By Me, they’ll likely be overlooked. Also overlooked will be the reality that the New Jersey Governor receives an annual salary of $175,000 plus another $95,000 per year in expense advances, which are paid quarterly by the state. During his five years in office, Chrisite could have spent up to $475,000. He actually spent $360,000, which saves $115,000 in taxpayer money already allocated by law to the budget for those expenses.

53 responses to “Chris Christie spent plenty of dollars at NFL games

  1. Only Chris Christie could spend $1,400 at the concession stand a game. I wonder if the concession stand honored him for his service and money as a result. #AmericanHero

  2. Christie is an embarrassment.
    An overweight, terribly accented, mannerless slob…………much like the fans of the 2 teams thay play in New Joyzee

  3. At least all these scandals are coming out nationally about this guy. He has hurt the state of NJ way more then he has helped for his own political gain. Guy has to run for president because he sure as heck wouldn’t be re-elected in NJ.

  4. Mike, I understand the Governor gets money to spend but I don’t think the lawmakers believed that it would be to have drinks & food at NFL games when they gave him that money. Christie could avoid criticism by doing the simple thing – do not spend taxpayer money on it.

  5. It’s easy to live large, when the taxpayer covers the bill! I bet none of the career state employees (in other words, none of the politicians or their appointed cronies) would be allowed to do anything close to this. Most states limit when they can accept as a gift – and it’s oftentimes $0.

  6. medialovesthecowboys says:
    May 11, 2015 3:29 PM
    Why is Chris Christie not in jail?
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    Thats easy, because he didnt “probably, maybe, at some point, sort of, potentially deflate a football”

  7. All those event — probably all Bruce Springsteen concerts. That’s the closest The Boss will let his Govship get to him.

  8. Being in politics sure pays a whole lot better than complaining about it. Our political scene is a greedy lifestyle far removed from “for the people”.

  9. I think this was a test. Its a test to see who reads to the end of the article and actually understands it. So far it looks like most people failed.

  10. You get what you deserve the people of NJ overwhelmingly voted for his reelection be mindful of wolves in sheeps clothing never vote republican

  11. This is why I’d love to see a receipt every year for my taxes.

    Not saying I don’t think I should pay them, but please let me know exactly what I’m paying for here cause Chris Christie’s slush fund is pretty pretty low on my priorities.

  12. Not sure if this can be classified as expenses. Does anybody really believe he was working at the games? It’s entertainment and when do state governments provide food and entertainment to business partners? Why should he even have access to this box, should the state use it to generate revenue and save taxpayer dollars for more important issues (like fix roads and bridges). Christie is a great con guy, that has played the game too long in one location. He is becoming a joke, as people start to see through him. Never should accept free games and travel to Dallas games when Jerry has special interests in his state. Lack of integrity and a conflict of interest, which is only self serving. One could only hope this guy never gets close to becoming President.

  13. just because he’s authorized 95k per year in expenses, does not mean he gets to spend the $$ however he wants without an expectation of criticism when the expenses are clearly waste.

    especially when the expense account is getting fully funded by tax payers

  14. Against the teachers union but for getting even fatter at football games. I wonder if he knows how much traffic comes from the GWB to get to games?

  15. So, the article essentially states that Christie spent less money than he was budgeted (which never happens in government) but the headline insinuates that he spent wildly?!?
    And you question why athletes are leery of talking to the media…

  16. I do not see the issue here? Have you not seen his waistline? Of course he has to eat. have you not seen the prices on dogs etc. His waistline, lots of dogs, ya its about 82K to maintain that over the course of a season for sure.

  17. I think this was a test. Its a test to see who reads to the end of the article and actually understands it. So far it looks like most people failed.

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    just because he’s authorized 95k per year in expenses, does not mean he gets to spend the $$ however he wants without an expectation of criticism when the expenses are clearly waste.

    especially when the expense account is getting fully funded by tax payers

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    Great post, because it is budgeted, does not mean it can be used for whatever he chooses. It is like deciding you will not spend money, that was meant for a specific purpose, so that you can pocket the cash. By -expenses-, they are talking about money spent, while performing service to the state. Sorry NFL football games does not fit that category. It only means he is not doing, the work, that required the expense, thus not doing a good service to the state. This guy cares only about his self.

  18. But everyone is totally fine with the Obama’s spending $4 Million of taxpayer’s money every time they go on vacation.

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    We wish it was only 4 mil. What I don’t get is why does Michelle think she can jet set her mother and kids to Africa on Air Force 1F (that’s the family plane) and we should foot that bill. The security details, lodging, gas for the plane, sit 4 mil is a joke. Try about 15 mil at least for each fricking trip.

  19. Christie spending eighty two thousand at NFL games = not okay.
    You-know-who’s wife spending millions of dollars every week flying around the world to go shopping = okay.

  20. More than $82k is wasted on Michele O’s school lunchs that no kid wants to eat.

  21. $82,000? Little wonder his lap band surgery failed.

    He makes Rick Perry look honest.

  22. But everyone is totally fine with the Obama’s spending $4 Million of taxpayer’s money every time they go on vacation.

    ——————————————————————

    We wish it was only 4 mil. What I don’t get is why does Michelle think she can jet set her mother and kids to Africa on Air Force 1F (that’s the family plane) and we should foot that bill. The security details, lodging, gas for the plane, sit 4 mil is a joke. Try about 15 mil at least for each fricking trip.
    ______________________________
    The Obamas have spent over 44 million dollars in taxpayer money on travel and vacations. Some are even calling him the “most well-traveled, expensive” president in our nation’s history.
    Our president vacations a lot — we’re talking $44,351,777.12 worth of “a lot,” with most expenses charged to the American taxpayer. (from the Daily Caller July 2014)

  23. Now that you have vilified Christie and whet our appetites for others, how about furthering your analysis of other Governors, oh, and don’t forget Mayors. Maybe even federal politicians too, like how much it cost to entertain SB winning teams at the white house etc, all at taxpayer expense.

    Come on PTF, be fair here! There are other sporting events you might also comment upon too.

  24. The article makes it seem like Christie spent the money on himself. The fact that the state government is allocated $460K per year for an expense account is where we should start. To what end?

  25. The stadium is not government owned or funded. It is privately owned and was built by the Giants and the Jets.

    As others have mentioned, he receives a stipend for entertaining as governor in addition to his salary. where the teams provide a luxury box – but not the food. I remember going to Madison Square Garden in the mid 90s. The food in the luxury box is charged back to the “owner”. Back then a bowl of chips was 10 dollars and 6 cheeseburgers were 68 dollars. My guess is the meals cost more 20 years later.

    Much ado about nothing

  26. During Bush’s two terms, the cost of operating Air Force One ranged from $56,800 to $68,000 an hour. Bush used Air Force One 77 times to go to his ranch in Crawford, Texas. Using the low end cost of $56,800, Media Matters calculated that each trip to Crawford cost taxpayers $259,687, and $20 million total for Bush’s ranch flights.

    If cost of the flight was the only expense involved to taxpayers, Bush’s vacations would still seem rather economical, but there is more, much more. Unlike the Obama’s $4 million Christmas vacation price tag, which includes the cost of everything from transportation to accommodations for the First Family, the White House staff, and the White House press corps, Bush’s numbers only include the cost of flying the president to Crawford.

    The cost of transporting and accommodating staff, media, friends and family is not included in Bush’s vacation numbers.

    Do you really wanna go there?

  27. Typical responders! See headline, overreact, post how he’s a monster, etc. We’ve seen it with all the Patriot articles. Let me break this down for you not in the know. His job requires he kiss butt of executives and others alike. He probably had ceo’s, cfo’s, etc, with him at each event. They discuss business and eat and drink. $1400 in a suite per game for multiple is nothing. Anyone who has been in a suite knows their prices are more jacked up than the jacked up prices for the regular concessions. But don’t let facts get in your way people.

  28. So I worked at a company that had a 16 seat suite at an NFL stadium about 15 years ago, and had knowledge of the catering pricing at that time, and our expenses in that area. I did a little math, and it sounds like either Christie is getting a discount on his catering, or catering prices have gone down.

    We spent an average of $128 per person in 2001-2002, and Christie is at $119. I figured his at a 12 seat suite, because that was the smallest option.

    If the suite is free, as stated in this article, and that is his accurate catering bill, then I have to think he is actually getting a discount on that part as well. It sounds like he is spending a ton of cash, but he really isn’t.

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