Chris Christie spent an ungodly amount of money on concessions at MetLife Stadium over the course of two football seasons.
Go ahead. Think of a ridiculous amount in your head. I’ll wait. The real figure will blow it out of the water.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spent about $300,000 of his state allowance on food and alcohol over his first five years in office — including tens of thousands of dollars on snacks and drinks at NFL games — a bombshell report has found.
According to New Jersey Watchdog, the Garden State Republican — and potential 2016 candidate — spent $82,594 of his taxpayer-funded allowance on concessions at MetLife Stadium, the New Jersey complex where the New York Giants and New York Jets play, over the course of the 2010 and 2011 NFL football seasons.
As governor, Christie receives a $95,000 yearly expense allowance, on top of his $175,000 salary, to be used as “an allowance of funds not otherwise appropriated and used for official receptions on behalf of the state, the operation of an official residence, for other expenses.”
Oh, Chris. You don’t even like either of those two teams. We all know you live and die with the Dallas Cowboys.
Even with the ridiculous prices of stadium fare, I hardly see how it’s possible to rack up such a bill. Was he buying rounds for entire sections? Having hot-dog eating contests in his luxury box at halftime?
Anytime Christie is involved in a food-related story, the cheap jokes are going to fly. It’s …uh…classic low-hanging fruit.
There is some good news, according the the calorie-minded watchdog group that issued the report.
But the amount Christie spent on food dropped significantly in 2013 after he underwent a Lap-Band procedure to help him lose weight.
In the 38 months leading up to the surgery, Christie spent $64,687 on groceries, but that total shrank to $31,236 in the 26 months after the procedure.
Hey. That’s worth celebrating.
[H/T: New York Daily News]