TRENTON – The helicopter trips for pilots in training accomplished several missions at once, Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes said today in defending use of the aircraft.
He said in 27 of the 41 helicopter flights of Gov. Chris Christie, Fuentes said the pilots were able to build hours, get homeland security training, and gain experience in executive transport, a classification for flying state officials, including the governor.
Assemblyman John Burzichelli, (D-3), of Paulsboro, asked Fuentes why the names and number of certain passengers with Christie during his 41 flights were redacted from logs.
He questioned some flight logs, such as trips to a luncheon for the New York Jets and a charity event for Cantor Fitzgerald, in which names were redacted.
Fuentes said that the governor travels with a security detail and disclosing the names of troopers, for example, can compromise security.
“Nowadays with a keystroke, you can get an awful lot of information on an individual,” Fuentes said, referring to Internet searches.
Burzichelli responded, “First of all, Anthony Wiener would agree with you.”
Burzichelli said about Christie’s chopper trip to his son play a high school baseball game, “This stuck out like a sore thumb.”