Gov. Christie stops concert tickets for officials

Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) has axed the practice of allowing state officials to purchase premium house seats at concerts and sporting events from state agencies.

The governor's chief counsel sent a letter yesterday to the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority saying that, effective immediately, house seats shall not be made available to any state official.

The Sports Authority oversees the Izod Center and manages the new Meadowlands stadium. The Turnpike Authority runs the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel.

Elected officials and their staffs previously had been allowed to pay face value for the premium tickets.

Dennis Robinson, the sports authority president and CEO, said the agency would comply with the orders.

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