Christie to Commission $85,000 Official Governor Portrait

$85,000

Bergen County Record: “To most people, the image that sums up Chris Christie’s time as governor is the picture of him on that beach closed to everyone else, in that chair with his family and friends while the public was shut out of state parks on a holiday weekend during a government shutdown. … The image that Christie wants to officially mark his time as governor and the one that the public is paying for will be painted by an Australian artist whose portrait portfolio includes royalty and an international pop star — and whose fee comes with the highest price tag yet for New Jersey taxpayers. At a total of $85,000, Christie’s portrait will cost more than what his three predecessors combined paid to have their images hang in commemoration of their political service.”

Trump Trade Official Spends $1 Million on Furniture, Blames Obama

$1 million

“President Trump’s trade representative is spending nearly $1 million on new furniture — and blaming the Obama administration,” the New York Post reports. “U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer spent more than $917,000 to furnish the two trade offices near the White House… That’s a significant increase compared to the last two trade reps.”

Mnuchin Spent $33k to Watch the Solar Eclipse

$33,000

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s infamous trip to Kentucky to watch the solar eclipse last August cost taxpayers $33,000 because the secretary traveled on a military aircraft rather than on a commercial flight, the Daily Beast reports. Records show that the government has already spent nearly $1 million for Mnuchin’s flights on military aircraft.