SANTA FE (KRQE) - There are questions about Gov. Susana Martinez's use of the State Police helicopter.
Martinez, who has been critical of her predecessor's use of state airplanes for travel, used the chopper to get to the Sunport where she then got on commercial flight to Texas for a Governors Association fundraising event.
It happened in 2011 the same day she had to attend a state Board of Finance meeting.
A spokesman for the governor says the meeting ran longer than usual, making Martinez run late for her commercial flight.
And that's when the State Police helicopter was summoned – the cost of the trip $800.
Spokesman Enrique Knell says the state always covers transportation costs to and from the airport, and using the helicopter enabled the governor to stay for the entire board meeting.
Knell points out that Gov. Richardson used the state aircrafts an average of 51 times a year. Martinez uses them about six times a year.
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