One of the priciest pieces of clothing in Chris Christie’s closet isn’t a zippy number from Jermyn Street. It’s the golf shirt from Princeton University, where Andrew, the eldest of his four children, is about to start his sophomore year.
“What this signifies is where my money goes,” Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, told reporters as he toured Long Branch today. “It’s the most expensive damn shirt I’ve ever gotten in my life.”
Undergraduate tuition for the Ivy League university will top $40,000 for the first time next month, after trustees approved a 3.9 percent increase in January. Housing and a meal plan cost about $13,000.
Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, a bond trader for New York City-based Angelo, Gordon & Co., reported $567,772 in income on their 2011 federal tax return.
The 50-year-old governor, who is running for a second term in November and may run for president in 2016, is touring the Jersey Shore this week to talk about rebuilding and tourism eight months after Hurricane Sandy, the costliest storm in New Jersey history. The state expects to spend almost $40 billion to recover and prevent damage from future storms.
The beach trips are a run-up to Labor Day weekend, which in New Jersey marks the end of the tourism season and the start of school. The governor said he’s “getting ready to pay that tuition check — maybe next week.”