California Governor Gavin Newsom is catching heat after he banned state-funded travel to Montana last year -- and then traveled there this week for a vacation.
Newsom's office has confirmed the governor and his family are in Montana, staying at his in-laws' ranch. He's expected to return "later this week," a spokesman says.
In response to critics who are calling out Newsom for traveling to a state his administration banned last year, governor's rep Anthony York says the ban was only on "state-funded" travel -- and Newsom paid for the vacation with his own money...
"Connecting the two is an attempt at gotcha journalism that is neither gotcha nor journalism," he adds.
However, when asked if Newsom brought along state-funded security personnel, York declined to comment.