Chris Christie left the governor's office nearly four months ago. He's working as a paid contributor to ABC News and acting as an unofficial adviser to President Trump. But he's still costing New Jersey taxpayers money.
That's because the current year's state budget has a $250,000 line item entitled "Gubernatorial Transition - Governor." The money pays for a staffer earning $65,000, rented office space near Christie's home in Morris County and an official portrait that cost $85,000 (the highest price ever paid for a New Jersey gubernatorial painting, according to The Bergen Record).
on WNYC News, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.