State lawmaker to head hearing into Gov. Christie's chopper landing

(AP) - A Democratic state lawmaker said Thursdayshe'll convene a hearing into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's useof a state police helicopter to fly to his son's baseball game. Assemblywoman Annette Quijano told The Associated Press she hasconcerns over the personal use of a chopper bought to help protectports and airports and transport people during emergencies anddisasters. Quijano is chairwoman of the Assembly Homeland SecurityCommittee. "My first reaction was, 'did anyone that needed critical carenot get it,'" she said. Quijano, who was named head of the committee earlier this year,says the hearing will focus on what guidelines, if any, are inplace for transporting dignitaries and their families. The hearingwill likely be held within two weeks, though no date has been set. Christie and his wife arrived by chopper and flew off in thefifth inning for the governor's mansion, where a delegation ofIowans couldn't persuade Christie to run for president. Christie's spokesman says the governor won't reimbursetaxpayers. His spokesman, Michael Drewniak, said the helicopter use wasappropriate and the governor "does not reimburse for security andtravel." The governor will face questions Thursday after his helicopteruse after a bill signing in Denville. Gov. Christie taking heat over chopper trip

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