Earlier this week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie attended Game 3 of the NBA Finals in a section of close-to-courtside seats that were selling for tens of thousands of dollars just before tip-off. But his office wouldn't explain why Christie attended the Cleveland game or who paid for his ticket and travel.
Now, those questions have some answers: Christie's state spokesman told National Journal Thursday afternoon that his attendance at the game was "through the PAC," referring to Christie's Leadership Matters for America, launched in January. The PAC's spokeswoman confirmed that it paid for Christie's ticket to the game and his travel. And late Thursday, she said he was attending private and fundraising meetings in Ohio the day of the game, but declined to discuss their specific nature or how specifically they connected to the Cavs-Warriors game.
The PAC's spending on Christie's NBA game attendance appears to be unusual. PACs like Leadership Matters for America, known as nonconnected committees, are typically used to support individual candidates and political party committees, and can also be used to support other PACs. They are not directly linked to any company, political party, or labor organization.