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Better than a beach photo: Christie spends $85K on portrait

April 19, 2018
FILE – In this Dec. 13, 2013, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reacts to a question after announcing Deborah Gramiccioni is replacing Bill Baroni as deputy executive director of The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey during a news conference at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. The former two-term Republican governor's official portrait by Australian artist Paul Newton will cost $85,000, The Record reported Thursday, April 19, 2018, more than taxpayers shelled out for paintings of his three Democratic predecessors combined. Jon Corzine, Richard Codey and Jim McGreevey spent a combined $74,500 for theirs. None served two terms. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s official portrait will cost $85,000, which is more than taxpayers shelled out for paintings of his three predecessors combined.

The Record reports that Australian artist Paul Newton will paint the portrait of the Republican who left office after eight years in January.

The cost detail was obtained through an open records request.

Democrats Jon Corzine, Richard Codey and Jim McGreevey spent a combined $74,500 for theirs. None served for two terms.

The Christie painting will likely be more formal than one of his best known images of him after he was photographed sitting on a beach closed to the public due to a budget stalemate last year.

Christie appreciated luxury, watching the Dallas Cowboys from owner Jerry Jones’ box and going to Jordan on the King Abdullah II’s dime.

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