NJ governor spent $300k on groceries, drinks

Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey and a potential candidate in the 2016 presidential race, has spent around $300,000 of taxpayer money during the last five years on food, drinks and desserts, according to a new analysis.

Researchers at Watchdog.org got a glimpse of a half-decade worth of receipts from Christie’s office and revealed that the Garden State Republican didn’t shy away from using an annual allowance of $95,000 to cover extra costs while in office.

Although Christie receives a governor’s salary of $175,000 a year, he’s also awarded an allowance of around half of that to be used on official but vaguely defined purposes that may include hosting state receptions, maintaining official residences and other expenses. He spent $360,000 of that sum during his five years in office, and an analysis of those records showed that roughly $300,000 from the allocation — or around 80 percent — has gone towards food and alcohol, according to the group.