Report: Christie stayed in luxury hotels while traveling on government business

Republican gubernatorial candidate Christopher Christie billed taxpayers more than the federal government’s maximum per night hotel allowance on fourteen business trips he took as U.S. Attorney, according to an Associated Press report. Christie stayed in hotels that cost more than $400 per night; the federal guideline is $203 per night.

Christie’s travel records were provided to the AP by Gov. Jon Corzine’s campaign, which requested the documents from the U.S. Attorney’s office under the Freedom of Information Act. Christie told the AP that he only stayed in more expensive hotels when the cheaper ones were not available.

Christie said he stayed in more expensive hotels only when cheaper ones weren’t available.

“It is outrageous that Mr. Christie made taxpayers foot the bill for his excessive and luxurious travel accommodations around the United States and to foreign countries, while his only job responsibilities were in New Jersey,” Corzine campaign spokesman Sean Darcy told the AP.

Report: Christie stayed in luxury hotels while traveling on government business