New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has spent nearly $13,000 of taxpayer money (mostly to install a new door), so his wife can have a lovely office nearby.

The money converted a conference room down the hall from the governor’s office into a private office for the first lady. So far, Murphy has spent $27,000 on refurbishing and remodeling his offices.

Murphy defended his spending in an email statement that was forwarded to reporters by his spokesman.

“She has a prominent seat at the table for policy discussions,” Murphy wrote. “She has certainly become a driving force on the issues that matter most to her — particularly on environmental issues and our plans for transitioning to a clean-energy economy, an area where she has a wealth of valuable insight.”

Read more at American Action News.

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