Update: Well that didn’t take very long. Dems have begun criticizing Christie’s use of the chopper to attend his son’s game. Critics are calling out Christie not just for what they say is innapropriate use of the ‘copter, but for bailing on his son’s game to meet with Iowa GOPs. NJ.com has the whole rundown of criticisms.
Original report: Any kid is thrilled when his dad shows up for a baseball game, but N.J. Gov. Chris Christie’s son arguably got a bigger thrill than most.
Christie and his wife didn’t arrive at the game in a typical soccer-mom SUV or minivan, the kind you see parked at any high school baseball game. No, they arrived via state police helicopter.
The helicopter landed in a nearby field before the start of the game between Delbarton High School and St. Joseph’s of Montvale in Montvale. Christie’s son, Andrew, is the starting catcher for Delbarton.
Christie made a grand entrance, but he also made a dramatic exit — play was stopped in the 5th inning so that the chopper could take off, according to the Associated Press.
Michael Drewniak, Christie’s spokesman, says the governor occasionally uses the helicopter “as the schedule demands” but that the governor has limited its use.
Feed the Feed: What’s an appropriate use of a state helicopter?