WASHINGTON - (AP) - The Justice Department's inspector generalsays that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie engaged in a pattern ofabuse when he was U.S. attorney by billing taxpayers to stay atluxury hotels.

The IG's report found that the Republican governor, who prideshimself on saving money for his state's taxpayers, did not complywith federal travel regulations or provide appropriatejustification for his lodging costs which exceeded the governmentrate.

Christie was one of five U.S. attorneys singled out forcriticism in the IG's review of U.S. attorney travel that exceededthe government lodging rate. Christie was the chief federalprosecutor for New Jersey from 2002 until Dec. 1, 2008, when heresigned to run for governor. He became governor last January.