Christie’s travel last year cost taxpayers over $600,000

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TRENTON, N.J.  — New Jersey taxpayers paid more than $600,000 to cover the cost of a security detail that traveled with Gov. Chris Christie as he sought the Republican presidential nomination, according to a published report.

Citing administration documents, The Record reports the bill for state police protection in 2015 brings Christie’s total security costs to $1.769 million since 2010, his first year in office.

A large portion of those costs have come in his second term, as he traveled heavily as chairman of the Republican Governors Association and in preparation for his White House campaign.

The newspaper obtained the documents through an Open Public Records Act request.

The state police’s executive protection unit has been required to provide full-time security for New Jersey governors since 1984.