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Christ spent $430k in Europe this summer

Gov. Crist and Carole Rome are to marry Friday. Gov. Crist and Carole Rome are to marry Friday.

Posted by Rachel Leigh email

(WFLX) - We now know the total cost of Governor Charlie Crist's 12-day trip to Europe this summer.

According to the Sun Sentinel, Crist flew to London, Paris, St. Petersburg and Madrid in July costing tax payers $430,000. The trip was supposed to cost $255,000, but the tab came in much higher.

Expenses included Crists' entourage of more than two dozen who alone spent more than $148,000.

Crists' office says fostering overseas business is even more important when the economy is hurting.

Meantime, there's a ring of secrecy surrounding Governor Crist's impending nuptials to Carole Rome this Friday. According to our partners at the Palm Beach Post, the guest list of 200 people is hush-hush.

Only a few political powerhouses have confirmed invites including Senators John McCain and Mel Martinez.

Also under wraps, the location of the honeymoon, and who is footing the bill - the bride or the groom.

Crist will be just the third of Florida's five bachelor governors to marry while in office.

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