"Morning Joe" Defends Christie From NYT Report On His "Indulgences" Because Clintons Live "Like Kings And Queens"

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MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski is dumbfounded by a New York Times report about Chris Christie's habit of living the high life -- on other peoples' dime. She and co-host Joe Scarborough aren't convinced and wonder how it would look if the Clintons' lifestyle was put under the same scrutiny.

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Yes, apparently how [Christie] chooses to portray himself if he choses to run for president because the paper says he has a habit of letting other foot the bill as he indulges "in a taste that runs more toward champagne at the Four Seasons than a cheesesteak on the boardwalk every-man," I'm quoting the paper here. The Times details numerous luxury trips taken by governor involving expensive hotels, private planes, high-priced car services. Among the trips the paper outlines, casino owner and Israel-supporter let Christie use his private plane for a 2012 trip to Israel. Christie had his own private bedroom in the plane and more than a dozen people travelling with him. Jordan's King Abdullah then paid for a family weekend at the end of the trip -- the hotel rooms costing about $30,000 dollars. Christie signed an executive order in 2010 allowing New Jersey governors to have travel expenses paid by foreign governments. Last summer Christie said it was a matter of opportunity, saying in-part, "I relish these experiences and exposures, especially for my kids. I try to squeeze all the juice out of the orange that I can."

Umm. Well...

So you saw me wincing, I just know that if you look at, well, I don't know, everything from the road from Little Rock to Washington. I can't imagine.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: They talked about one night that Chris Christie was around Bono. Would we like to count the nights that the Clintons have been around Bono, Beyonce, rockstars, kings, queens. They have lived an extraordinarily lavish life that very few people, not only in America but on the planet. They have lived like kings and queens. I'm just curious if the New York Times is going to write a story about Hillary Clinton and the lifestyle that she has had over the past 30 years, along these lines.

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