‘Wining, dining’ at S. Jersey Port Corp. draws Christie veto

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie vetoed the minutes of the South Jersey Port Corporation meeting held on April 26 for approving $3,036.80 in expenses, of which more than half was for “wining and dining.”

“These are not expenses that the taxpayers of New Jersey should be expected to bear,” Christie wrote in his veto letter today to SJPC Executive Director Joseph A. Balzano. “It is incumbent upon SJPC to create innovative ways of attracting business to the SJPC without incurring unnecessary expenditures inappropriate for the public sector.”

The amount of $3,036.80 was approved for payment of the Operating Unpaid Bill List and Expense Report for the period of March 17 to April 13. The amount included two restaurant expenditures totaling $1,705.89, each in excess of $800 and including alcohol, Christie’s office said.

The veto letter noted that a review by the Governor’s Authorities Unit of previously submitted expense reports approved by the SJPC board for business development also “shows other excessive restaurant bills including alcohol.”

This was Christie’s 22nd veto against spending and budgeting practices at state authorities, commissions and boards over which he has veto power.

A bill before the Legislature would expand that veto authority to numerous other semi-autonomous state entities for which he presently doesn’t hold any authority.

  ‘Wining, dining’ at S. Jersey Port Corp. draws Christie veto