NEW YORK — Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, will spend $200 per day on family vacations this year and $100 per day for the upcoming year, according to a report Thursday.
The governor said the spending would be announced in a series of news conferences on Friday, including the launch of a national campaign that aims to end poverty and increase access to high-speed Internet and other consumer products.
The campaign is focused on ending the state’s income inequality, and it has already been successful in reducing poverty, according the report by the nonprofit New Jersey Policy Perspective.
Christie, a Democrat, is also planning a major tourism and entertainment tour, which he said he will hold during the presidential campaign.
“We have been a great state for over 30 years, but we have not had the resources to compete and to keep pace with other states and the world,” Christie said in a statement.
“I’m proud of the work we’ve done and I look forward to continuing to lead New Jersey through the tough economic times ahead.”
The New Jersey Tourism and Convention Bureau and the New Jersey Association of Realtors both have said they expect tourism spending to increase this year, after previous years of declines.
Christie said he wanted to be clear that his office was not looking to create an economic stimulus program, and instead wanted to create a program that helps families with child care and other expenses.
“In the past, I’ve had to explain the challenges families face,” he said in the statement.
He also said the governor’s plan is based on the state having enough resources to handle the costs of the current economic downturn.