Christie Lands In Bergen County In State Police Helicopter For Son's Baseball Game

Governor arrives by state police helicopter at St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale for baseball game.

Editor's Note: Story updated with reaction and state police defense of the flight.

Governor Christie landed in Bergen County in a state police helicopter late Tuesday afternoon to attend his son's baseball game against St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale.

Christie arrived shortly before 4 p.m. to watch his son Andrew play baseball for Delbarton School. He was driven from the helicopter about 100 yards to the field in a black car with tinted windows.

Responding to a question from Patch about the use of the helicopter to attend the game, Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said, "It is a means of transportation that is occasionally used as the schedule demands. This has historically been the case in prior administrations as well, and we continue to be judicious in limiting its use."

NJ.com reported that the helicopter landed just before lineup cards were exchanged and that Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, left the game in the 5th inning.

The site also reported that the governor had no public events on his schedule, so it was unclear where he had traveled from. The website reported that Christie had a private meeting Tuesday night at the governor's mansion with a group of Iowa donors who are trying to pursuade him to run for president.

The helicopter is one of five new choppers purchased by the state police, costs $12.5 million and can fly at 200 miles per hour, according to the NJ.com report.

jessy June 02, 2011 at 08:54 AM
how did his son get to the game? on a school bus or private car? and taking a helicopter to the kids game only to leave in the 5th inning? i smell publicity and a power trip...but way to go NJ you voted him in...
JIM June 02, 2011 at 11:36 AM
ya real news ...I dont know ,maybe somthing like how the commie in command is spending billions in a war with libya that congress never approved , and these lefty's cry about the governor hoping on a training flight to a ball game , the limo was there already to pick him up because he left in it
JIM June 02, 2011 at 11:38 AM
well that should be real easy ...it cost the NJ taxpayer ...ready for this .............NOTHING
JIM June 02, 2011 at 11:41 AM
YOUR NAME SAYS IT ALL ..................DAR, ..go twitter wiener a picture of your little head you know the one you think with
JIM June 02, 2011 at 11:43 AM
JIM June 02, 2011 at 11:46 AM
JP your about as much of a republican as chairman obama is a Christian ....go ahead leave the party ,join the communist democrats ,who cares we need to get rid of all you rino republicans anyway you give us a bad name
JIM June 02, 2011 at 11:49 AM
NJ Pilot June 02, 2011 at 02:08 PM
anyone who believes this flight costs nothing for the tax payer knows nothing about aviation. These helicopters cost thousands of dollars per hour to operate. The fact that they have five 12 million dollar helicopters is absurd enough, now this is how they use them. You probably couldn't find a more expensive way to get to that game if you tried.
Tom Troncone (Editor) June 02, 2011 at 02:24 PM
LJ, this was the initial story. As noted above the text there is a follow-up with the state police response here: http://ridgewood.patch.com/articles/christie-faces-criticism-for-state-police-helicopter-ride-to-sons-ballgame
Melissa June 02, 2011 at 02:29 PM
"You guys"? Patch is a hyper-local online newsletter. It reported on a local story because it was doing its job. Weinergate is not a local story.
Don June 02, 2011 at 06:24 PM
So basically the governor is saying he just caught a lift... Well then, the least he should do is cover the cost of gas like any of us would offer to a friend giving a lift somewhere...... and since he and his wife are well over 50lbs, maybe he should be charged a baggage fee too....
Don June 02, 2011 at 06:26 PM
how do state owned helicopters cost us "nothing" to operate?
Don June 02, 2011 at 06:32 PM
The helicopter ride isn't a ludicrous as the 300 feet he couldn't walk.... the excuse he would need the vehicle if the helicopter had to leave doesnt explain his inability to WALK. The cars would still have been there, right? I guess he was afraid the walk would have shown how much he was sweating from the exertion of simply walking...
Volkul June 02, 2011 at 06:52 PM
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.... loving this one, George!
Brian Boru June 02, 2011 at 08:35 PM
Jim: are you a child on this site? You sound as intelligent as Donald Trump. Muslim? Commie? Come on, disagree with his policies but let all that other crap go. Does Obama also have to produce a death certificate for Bin Laden? That childish, idiotic stuff takes attention from where it should be. Concentrate on economic policies, budget deficits, stuff like that. Yeah, I don't like what Christie did but to believe it didn't cost anything is a bit naive. Did you also sell all your assets because the world was going to end?
REAmerican June 02, 2011 at 10:04 PM
JIM you statement is a LIE, Christie just repaid the cost of the flight, it was a tad over $3,000 for the reimbursement. Sorry you lied there about it costing nothing, next time try being truthful.
Christy June 03, 2011 at 11:08 AM
Al~ I agree with you but I think he is taking better care and I for one will vote for him! Bruce and Alice~ Really, you make a big deal about this but the president can take 100 overseas on our dime and eat lobster and filet every night along with his 100 closest friends. . And Pelosi and her jumbo jet to go home every week, come on open your eyes! At least Christie was being a Dad supporting his son, oh and all you Pelosi lovers has she every worked a real job. Lets not forget how much money our wonderful president has cost NYC with his weekly visits to raise money. .You people scare me how you can overlook the insane amount of money your beloved dems blow on a daily basis and one guy who is trying to make a difference you cry foul. WAKE UP. .
George P June 03, 2011 at 11:27 AM
Probably couldn't even walk on ice either.
George P June 03, 2011 at 11:34 AM
To Dave 9, so let me get this streight, we have new helecoptors that the pilots are not yet trained on, so they need flight time to get good at flying the new helecoptors. Does it make a lot of sense fot the Governor to be on a training flight of such a new aircraft which the pilots are not yet throughly trained on? So I guess your argument is just as bogus as all the rest of them.
REAmerican June 03, 2011 at 01:17 PM
The old hitch hiker rule of thumb was cash, grass or ass - nobody rides for free. He's got plenty of cash and a whole truckload of ass, but the State Troopers would have objected to any use of grass in the helicopter.
REAmerican June 03, 2011 at 01:54 PM
Actually Americans like JP make our country stronger because they have the intelligence to realize how bad the republican party has become for America, and with that realization they will not vote republitard and continue to harm America. It's actually people like you, the teabaggers, the birthers and other ignorant homophobic, xenophobic, bigoted, unAmerican racists in the republican party that gives your party a bad name. That's the harsh truth of reality. Just by your posts you prove this point. Also can you define why Obama is a Communist? What specific actions or policies of his make him a Communist? I have heard Faux News call him a Communist, Socialist and Fascist and I know for a fact that one person cannot be ALL 3 of those at once. Most of your ilk consider Obama a Socialist and yet you choose Communist and I am wondering if you can enlighten me as to why this is???
REAmerican June 03, 2011 at 02:02 PM
He really doesn't understand the policies, that's why attacks on baseless grounds are his MO. Hit flag as inappropriate on the posts, silencing ignorance and bigotry is so awesome.
David Blackburn June 03, 2011 at 04:50 PM
Well, I guess the pressure got to Christie. He finally saw that the public was demanding he pay the State of New Jersey for the private use of the helicopter. As far as the State Troopers, they will be his "Yes Men" as they are afraid they will be next in line to lose their jobs! Afterall, the cost of Gas to take that trip would have been consumed whether he took the trip or not! The State Troopers must think the public is stupid! Finally, why a car to ride him 100 yards. Who in the hell voted for that IDIOT!
David Blackburn June 03, 2011 at 04:51 PM
He probably can't walk 100 yards. Look at him. He is prone to have a heart attack!
pat June 03, 2011 at 10:04 PM
What a waste of our monies, tell him to get a bike. Sorry, we are all counting pennies, and he is wasting dollars.
pat June 03, 2011 at 10:08 PM
I did not vote for him
Ken F. June 08, 2011 at 11:45 AM
Good post. They both seem to like taxing us to the poor house.
Ken F. June 08, 2011 at 11:48 AM
Indeed... it seems party affiliation has nothing to do with it. NJ governors just suck.
Ken F. June 08, 2011 at 11:50 AM
Nice to see a reasonable statement now and then.
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