Chris Christie, known for his aversion to government waste, used a New Jersey State Police helicopter yesterday afternoon to attend son Andrew's high school baseball game. Christie and first lady Mary Pat Christie were met at the adjacent football field, reports the Star-Ledger, and driven the remaining 100 yards to watch the game. Afterward, the Christies were driven the 100 yards back to the football field and left in the chopper.
"It is a means of transportation that is occasionally used as the schedule demands," said a Christie spokesman. "This has historically been the case in prior administrations as well, and we continue to be judicious in limiting its use." Reuters notes that the governor indeed had a schedule demand last evening: Christie was meeting with a group of Iowa Republicans at 6:30pm seeking to get him to jump into the 2012 presidential race. But no dice: "He understands the country's problems but feels very strongly that he has that commitment to New Jersey to continue to serve," says one disappointed supporter. (Read more Chris Christie stories.)