Billionaire Governor OK’d on State Plane for Reelection Bid

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia ethics officials say the state airplane can make side trips to Gov. Jim Justice’s hometown as well as fly the billionaire businessman to campaign events if the trips coincide with official state business.

The state ethics commission on Thursday approved the travel for the governor as long as the primary purpose of the trip is for official state business and not as a pretext for non-governmental actions.

The opinion came after Justice’s general counsel asked the panel to determine if the trips jibe with the state’s ethics regulations “in light of recent political attacks.”

Justice has called the case “a total waste of time.”