Christie sees no need to change disclosure policy on out-of-state trips

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie said today he sees no need to change the current policy about who and when to inform when he leaves New Jersey.

“When I go overnight, the policy of the chief counsel is to send a letter to the lieutenant governor and the legislative leadership…That’s been the policy, right from the beginning,” he said during a press conference.

He said that policy predates the office of lieutenant governor, which was approved by voters in 2005, but only acted upon when Christie took over.

However, he said if he is leaving the state for a day trip, only the lieutenant governor needs to be informed.

The current hubbub surrounding this issue, he said, is devoid of substance.

“It’s all politics. All of a sudden, Loretta Weinberg is concerned about it.”

The Bergen County senator has proposed a bill that would require the governor to make his whereabouts known when he leaves the state.

“That’s fine. I understand. She would really like to be lieutenant governor and she’s not.”

Christie said he has “regular communication” with Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.

“What people care about most is who’s in charge.”

He recommended that Weinberg be more consistent.

“She changes her mind depending on what’s convenient for her… and take shots at the governor. At some point she has got to make up her mind.”

Christie sees no need to change disclosure policy on out-of-state trips