**UPDATED**

Now we know why he can’t imagine what it’s like to walk a mile in the shoes of regular New Jerseyans: He doesn’t even walk 100 yards in his own. – Christie should pay for chopper ride to ballgame

Austerity for thee, but not for me. Bootstrap Republicans like Chris Christie and New Gingrich want people to share the sacrifice while they take joy rides in helicopters at taxpayers expense, or in Newt’s case, go on diamond jewelry spending sprees on open credit lines reserved only for elites.

Facing broad criticism for flying by helicopter to watch his son’s high school baseball game in Bergen County, Gov. Chris Christie refused today to refund the state for Tuesday’s $2,500-an-hour flight.

“The governor does not reimburse for security and travel,” a spokesman for the governor, Kevin Roberts, said in an e-mail message. “The use of air travel has been extremely limited and appropriate.”

Christie refuses to reimburse N.J. for traveling by helicopter to see son’s baseball game

According to the article above, the Democratic Party paid the state $18,200 for 14 flights by Gov. Jim McGreevey, and Gov. Christie Whitman repaid the state for a ride to a New Jersey Devils game at the Meadowlands.

But for a joy ride to his son’s baseball game, which he left early, Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t pay a dime.

Nothing is more representative of Republican elitism and austerity double standard than Gov. Chris Christie’s actions on this one.

UPDATE: Gov. Christie caves, forced to pay for personal helicopter rides he took at taxpayer expense.