Democrat calls for limits on NJ gov's chopper use

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Posted: Jun 14, 2011 9:32 PM
Democrat calls for limits on NJ gov's chopper use

The head of a New Jersey legislative homeland security panel wants restrictions on the governor's use of state helicopters and a ban on air transit to personal and political events.

Democratic Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (kee-HAH'-noh) says she'll introduce on Thursday legislation to restrict the governor's use of helicopters to official functions and emergencies.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie came under scrutiny after media reports said he used state police helicopters to catch his son's high school baseball games and meet donors trying to persuade him to run for president.

Christie and the Republican State Committee later reimbursed taxpayers for the trips. Christie said Tuesday on CNN he'd make the same decision again to use a state police helicopter but would pay upfront.

State police Col. Rick Fuentes says the governor is safer traveling by helicopter than by car.