Governor defends taking trip to Europe

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Malloy sets off for a trip to Europe on Friday.

His first stop will be in Ireland where he says he’ll meet with executives from Aer Lingus to talk about a possible direct flight from Bradley international airport to Dublin.

Malloy will also be visiting Paris for the International Paris Air Show. The Governor says he’s looking to promote the state of Connecticut as a leader in aerospace technology.

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The trip has raised some eyebrows, especially amid the recent business taxes that were proposed. The Governor’s office says nearly a dozen other governors are going to the air show.

“Point in fact, it’s not a lot of money,” said Gov. Malloy. “Half the trip actually relates to criminal justice reform and is being paid by a foundation that invited me to be a speaker.”

That talk will be in Germany.

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