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Christie's comments to Cub Scout could lead to release of costs of his security detail

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TRENTON, New Jersey — Gov. Chris Christie's response to a Cub Scout's question could lead a judge to order the governor's office to release details about the cost of his security detail.

Christie, at an April town hall event in Hasbrouck Heights, gave details about his security after 7-year-old Charlie Tartaglia asked Christie how many bodyguards he had.

"You know why I asked that question is because when I grow up I want to be a bodyguard," the boy said.

Christie described the duties of the 30 state troopers assigned to protect him.

"They're with me 24 hours a day, seven days a week," Christie said. "Not all 30 of them. Usually I have three with me when I travel. So anywhere I go around the state, there's a guy driving me and there's two other guys or women who are driving in the car behind me."

PHOTO: FILE - In this May 28, 2015, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Third Annual Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala, in New York. Christie will travel to South Carolina for the first time in nearly five months on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, part of a two-day swing through the state that’s likely aimed as much at gathering information as it is about campaigning. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
FILE - In this May 28, 2015, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Third Annual Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala, in New York. Christie will travel to South Carolina for the first time in nearly five months on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, part of a two-day swing through the state that’s likely aimed as much at gathering information as it is about campaigning. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Christie's office posted the exchange on YouTube.

The Record (http://bit.ly/1dIMxIi ) newspaper reported Tuesday that one of the YouTube viewers was a judge who has heard arguments from Christie's office that releasing security details would compromise the governor's safety.

The New Jersey Watchdog website has sued the governor's office, arguing the public should be able to see what his security guards are charging for food, travel and lodging on several credit cards whose costs are paid by taxpayers.

The state has been releasing a monthly total without a breakout.

In court last week, Judge Mary Jacobson said she was "very troubled." The judge said Thursday she may order the administration to release a log of all food, travel and lodging expenses charged by his guards.

Christie's lawyer, Deputy Attorney General Daniel M. Vannella, told the judge the governor did not provide all the details about how his security works. Addressing the YouTube video, he said, "I certainly wish the governor didn't make those comments."


Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, New Jersey), http://www.northjersey.com

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