When Chris Christie decided to formally announce he was running for President, the venue was his old high school in Livingston. I became curious as to how the school district was to be reimbursed for the expenses it incurred in hosting that event. So I submitted a request under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) to find out. I wanted to make sure the school district was not providing its facilities at no charge to a presidential campaign.
Much to my surprise, the facility was NOT rented by the Christie for President organization, but rather by the Office of the Governor. Jim Gilroy, who is listed on state databases as “Aide to the Governor”, executed the contract. The school district quoted a price of $2,992. You, the taxpayer paid for this, whether or not you are a Chris Christie for President supporter.
Of course, your cost was far more. The security, aides, communications, and other ancillary expenses that go with a governor running for public office may be unavoidable. But shouldn’t the campaign have paid for the facility?