New Jersey governor to resign over alleged use of taxpayer funds

NEW JERSEY, N.J. (AP) New Jersey Gov.

Chris Christie has resigned amid allegations he used taxpayer funds for personal trips to the Bahamas, according to a statement from the governor’s office.

The statement from Christie’s office said he has been working to resolve the issue.

Christie was sworn in as governor on Jan. 1.

He’s been in office since 2013.

Christie is one of five governors who are facing ethics investigations into whether they used taxpayer dollars to charter private jets, private jet rides or vacations for themselves or their families.

He is the second governor to face such a probe.

He has refused to resign.

Christie’s spokesman, Michael Drewniak, said in a statement that Christie is resigning “because it has become clear that his conduct and the use of public funds by the governor has been unacceptable.”

Christie has denied wrongdoing.

The New Jersey Ethics Commission did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Christie has faced numerous ethics complaints over his time as governor.

He was the first Republican governor in the state’s history to resign, following a tumultuous campaign in 2016 that saw Christie lose a GOP primary for U.S. Senate against Democratic U.N. Ambassador Bob Menendez.

Christie resigned in February amid a widening ethics scandal involving his relationship with former Gov.

Jennifer Granholm, who was accused of using a campaign money account to pay for a trip to the Caribbean island of St. Maarten.

The allegations against Christie prompted a wave of resignations by Christie and his allies, including former New Jersey State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Republican.

Christie said the allegations against him were politically motivated and made him vulnerable.

Christie faces multiple lawsuits in New Jersey, including one that alleges he paid for a vacation to the Dominican Republic, an accusation he has denied.