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Ex-Gov. Chris Christie Spends $85K on Official Portrait

Australian artist Paul Newton will paint the portrait of the Republican who left office after eight years in January.

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    PALM BEACH, FL - APRIL 03: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks during the "Managing the Disruption" conference held at the Tideline Ocean Resort on April 3, 2017 in Palm Beach, Florida. The conference is put on by the Greene Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to finding, developing, and promoting strategies for increasing upward mobility in America. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's official portrait will cost $85,000, which is more than taxpayers shelled out for paintings of his three predecessors combined.

    The Record reports that Australian artist Paul Newton will paint the portrait of the Republican who left office after eight years in January.

    The cost detail was obtained through an open records request.

    Democrats Jon Corzine, Richard Codey and Jim McGreevey spent a combined $74,500 for theirs. None served for two terms.

    The Christie painting will likely be more formal than one of his best known images of him after he was photographed sitting on a beach closed to the public due to a budget stalemate last year.

    Christie appreciates luxury, watching the Dallas Cowboys from owner Jerry Jones' box and going to Jordan on the King Abdullah II's dime.