Christie receives a $95,000 in expense advances each year in addition to his $175,000 salary. The details on how he spends his $95,000 remained obscure until Watchdog obtained a governor’s ledger under the Open Public Records Act and revealed the majority of the taxpayer money gets wasted on snacks at the MetLife stadium during NFL games.
On 58 occasions, Christie used a debit card to pay a total of $82,594 to Delaware North Sportservice, which operates the concessions at MetLife. The governor’s office did not provide any receipts, business reasons or names of individuals entertained, but defended the expense.
In addition to beer and hot dogs, Gawker reported it is possible Christie used some of the $82,000 to purchase NFL retail merchandise.
In an attempt to avoid a catastrophic political scandal, the New Jersey Republican State Committee reimbursed the Treasury in March 2012. Since then, Christie has steered clear of using his allowance on the snack bar.