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Sat May 30, 2015, 11:18 AM

53. Bodyguard-Gate Update

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New Jersey Watchdog.Org, 4/21: ...During a town hall meeting in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey...(a) 7-year-old Cub Scout...asked the Governor, “How many bodyguards do you have?”

“There are 30 men and women who work for me, who are in the state police, and they’re members of what’s called the Executive Protection Unit,” answered Christie...

EPU travel costs reached $492,420 in 2014...22 times more than the $21,704 spent in...former Gov. Jon Corzine’s last year in office. The total for EPU travel in Christie’s first five years as governor exceeds $1.15 million. How most of that money was spent remains a mystery...

(A) public records lawsuit is scheduled to be heard May 28...The governor’s office argues (that it)...would jeopardize the governor’s safety by disclosing how many troopers are assigned to EPU. Yet that’s exactly what Christie detailed at the town hall meeting...and again by posting a clip of the episode on YouTube...

Whoever replaced Mike Drewinak as spokesman really dropped the ball on this one -- or is Christie planning to testify that he lied to the kid?

P.S. And here's the best part -- two weeks later, the video is STILL there!


New Jersey Watchdog.Org, May 28: ...Judge Mary C. Jacobson on Thursday during a hearing in Mercer County Superior Court...(said that), “I’m not convinced it is essential to the governor’s security to withhold details"...criticized his attitude about security as “cavalier"...(and that) the video “completely undermines” Christie’s reasons for refusing to turn over the documents...

“I certainly wish the governor wouldn’t have made those comments,” agreed Deputy Attorney General Daniel M. Vannella, tasked with defending the governor’s secrecy claim.

“If he made a mistake, they shouldn’t have put it up on YouTube,” Jacobson remarked.


Before she rules...Jacobson agreed to allow (the) head of EPU to submit a secret certification by June 12 to explain why the state believes the records should remain confidential...


P.S. And here's the best part -- SIX weeks later, the video is STILL there!




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