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Feds Launch Probe Into Christie's Use of Sandy Recovery Funds

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The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development is investigating the use of Sandy aide on the Christie Administration's "Stronger Than the Storm" advertising campaign.

The ads featured the governor at the beach with his family.

Representative Frank Pallone, a Democrat, thinks that was inappropriate because Christie ran for reelection largely based on his response to Sandy.

"I felt it kind of smelled. He chose the high bidder because they were running the ads with him and his family during the course of an election campaign."

On Monday, Pallone announced the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is moving forward with an audit, at his request.

The Christie Administration said the ad campaign was one part a larger strategy supported by the Obama administration and that the HUD action is merely a standard review.