Taxpayers Pay For Martinez Gym Equipment

Jul 23, 2013

Credit Office of the Governor

Gov. Susana Martinez has spent $2,378 of state money on exercise equipment for the governor's mansion in Santa Fe.  The governor's previous improvements to the mansion include a $100,000 renovation of its public kitchen.

Martinez told KRQE-TV that she's tried going to public gyms but said she couldn't concentrate on working out because people want to talk and visit.

And she said she has limited time to exercise because of her busy schedule.

Receipts indicate the equipment was purchased in March 2012. It includes an elliptical machine, a NordicTrack stationary bicycle and a foam belt and gloves.

Martinez said her husband also brought gym equipment from their home in Las Cruces and that the state-paid equipment will remain at the mansion after she leaves office.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.