GOP governors spent $42,500 to fly New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to Utah

Herbert, Swallow far outspend opponents

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  • Why would I? Farmington, UT
    Nov. 1, 2012 4:18 p.m.

    Why would I consider voting for Herbert when he spends money like this? There are plenty of flights with first-clas seats from New Jersey to SLC and for far less money they could have purchased every seat. Then the NJ Governor wouldn't have to sit next to the common folk. Add this to the fun we've had with UDOT's leadership and why would we want Gary running the ship any longer?

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 1, 2012 11:36 a.m.

    That is very disappointing that they would run such costs for a governor. Granted it is their money and they can do with it as they please. But, it would be nice to see our leaders practice what they preach. Why couldn't they use a commercial flight? A round ticket might run near $500. The only way to justify the private flight, is if by renting a private jet out and flying everyone out, cost less than a commercial coach class tickets combined. I could even see paying an extra amount if it meant saving 50-60 working hours for the governor and staff.

    C'mon people.

    Then to watch the president and governor fly around New Jersey. With the extra security, that is costing the taxpayers a pretty penny once again. Based on the flyover what decisions are made that aren't being covered by first responders and charities? Or does it just make one more talking point and they can say they were there?

    They shouldn't be using money we don't have for photo ops.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Nov. 1, 2012 10:32 a.m.

    This coming from the Party of Cutting and Gutting.

    Do as I say, not as I do.


  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Nov. 1, 2012 9:44 a.m.


    Certainly the cost depends on the aircraft, but I have NO desire to see us cut back on Air Force One. It does not matter who is president, he or she must be safe and have the full ability to remain commander and chief even from the air. If that is the price tag, that is fine with me.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 1, 2012 9:28 a.m.

    If Herbert is courting Christie then I have to doubt his conservatism. Christie is NOT a conservative ... not by any stretch. At best he is a moderate liberal or independent. I call him a Collin Powell republican which translates to a republican on paper only. Herbert is ok ...but I would rather see a governor who had BOLD ideas about how to solve Utah's woeful education instead of just finding a nickle here and a dime there.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 1, 2012 8:40 a.m.

    Staying in the Grand Hotel with the Gala is part of that cost and the Governor will ensure he is elected by doing anything he needs to.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Nov. 1, 2012 7:54 a.m.

    Big deal. The cost depends on the aircraft. It costs about way more to operate Air Force One and that 747 is going everywhere. Last I heard it was $179,000.00 per hour to operate. The president could use a Gulfstream G V and save a ton of money for us poor taxpayers.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 1, 2012 12:19 a.m.

    $42,500 is half of the amount he got in 2012 from the ICORE contractor, of $85,000. The governor knew that would come in handy at this time. The New Jersey Governor can't praise President Obama enough today as he got plenty of advertising for his campaign next year in the off year election.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 6:25 p.m.

    So why couldn't Governor Herbert's campaign pick up the tab? And 42.5 K sounds a bit much to me...