SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration says family of a State Police officer on the gubernatorial security detail paid for part of a Louisiana hunting trip by the governor’s husband.
The trip in 2011 has come under scrutiny because the governor’s critics have questioned whether it was financed by the Louisiana owners of a horse-racing track that received a new lease at the state fairgrounds in Albuquerque.
A Martinez spokesman told The Associated Press no costs were paid for by anyone connected to the racetrack. The trip was planned by two State Police officers who provide security for Martinez and they invited First Gentleman Chuck Franco.
The wife of one security officer has family in Louisiana. Her uncle paid for lodging and a license fee for Franco to shoot an alligator.