Records: Taxpayers Paid $18K For Governor's Trip To India

Associated Press
October 15, 2019 - 7:04 pm
Gov. Phil Murphy

Danielle Parhizkaran / NorthJersey.com

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Records obtained by the Associated Press indicate that New Jersey taxpayers were billed about $18,000 for Gov. Phil Murphy's recent official trip to India despite his office's earlier statements that a privately funded group would pay for the visit.

The Associated Press on Tuesday received payment vouchers indicating taxpayers footed the bill for four of the governor's staffers for airfare to India and lodging as well as the immunization costs.

Choose New Jersey, a private-industry funded group, financed other portions of September's six-day visit. The group's president, Jose Lozano, says Choose paid for meals, travel within India and other “incidentals,” but declined to give a total.

Murphy spokesman Mahen Gunaratna said the “vast majority of expenses” were covered by Choose, not taxpayers. He says the mission will “ultimately pay dividends.”