Not only has Jim Justice refused to give up ownership of his businesses, including his luxury Greenbrier resort near Lewisburg, WV, where he lives (despite a Constitutional requirement that the governor reside in Charleston), but the Greenbrier has made a lot of money as a result.
It all started with his inauguration.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail, in a sweeping piece by Ken Ward, explains that by holding his Inaugural Ball at the Greenbrier instead of at the Governor’s Mansion as previous governor’s had, his “inaugural committee paid his resort more than $800,000 for ‘entertainment and meals’ at the ball.”
State law encourages inaugural committees to zero out their balances by giving to a charity or a special fund aimed at preserving the state’s historic Governor’s Mansion. Justice’s two predecessors, Manchin and Earl Ray Tomblin, both donated tens of thousands of dollars of leftover money to the latter. Justice’s inaugural committee, however, chose another route.
It closed out its accounts on June 1, 2017, with a $113,000 payment to The Greenbrier.
It may not be against the law, but it shows that Justice, elected on a promise to improve the standard of living for all West Virginians, helps his own bottom line first.