“At a time when New Mexicans are struggling to make ends meet, their governor should not be leading a life of privilege,” Martinez said in January. “We will get rid of that ultimate symbol of waste and excess; we will sell the state’s luxury jet.”
Former Governor Bill Richardson bought the Cessna Citation Bravo in 2005 for $5.5 million and [state General Services Secretary] Burckle said he is listing it at $3.3 million.
From columnist Thomas J. Cole, Albuquerque Journal “No More High-Flying Governor for New Mexico”:
Martinez, who during the campaign pledged to sell the state jet and criticized aircraft use by the previous administration, hasn’t set foot on a government plane since taking office Jan. 1.
She has been traveling around the state in a government-provided Ford Expedition with a desk in the back seat.
Kudos to her.
Hat tip: Charles B.