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Gov. Chris Christie says he'll reimburse taxpayers for taking the state police helicopter to his son's baseball game this week.
Christie's office had previously said he would not pay for the trip, but the governor says he changed his mind to keep the story from becoming a distraction.
Jersey City residents had varying responses to the seriousness of the helicopter controversy. Shilender Ahlawat told News 12 New Jersey the scandal has serious implications for Christie's economic message.
"He loses whatever credibility he had when he talks about spending cuts," said Ahlawat
Bob Sehgel, also of Jersey City, meanwhile thinks the story is a non-issue.
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Gov. Christie takes state police chopper to son's baseball game