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Official asked to explain NJ gov's chopper use

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The head of the New Jersey State Police is being asked to testify before a legislative committee examining Gov. Chris Christie's use of state police helicopters for transportation.

A letter was sent Friday from Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, a Union Democrat who chairs the Homeland Security Committee, to state police Superintendent Rick Fuentes. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter.

Quijano's committee wants to find out who OKs helicopter travel and the standards for approval. Christie and the Republican State Committee reimbursed taxpayers $3,383 for personal and political trips the governor took this week.

His office released a log showing that Christie or his staff used the helicopter 35 times. The Assembly hearing is set for June 14. There's no word on whether Fuentes will attend.

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