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

Monday, January 13, 2014

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan (center) with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sea Bright, NJ Mayor Dina Long, touring Sea Bright after Sandy. (HUD/flickr)

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.

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Comments [1]

Kelly from New York

You have to be kidding!!! The fed is going "investigate" Christie because he appeared in a "feel good" promo for tourism at the shore? But there is NOTHING to investigate with the IRS targeting certain groups!!!

I await for the day, in fact I pray for the day, when the media starts doing its job and holds ALL of our politicians accountable and responsible for there actions.

All I have heard from the WNYC in the past weeks is about the so called bridge gate. I have heard scant little about the racketeering charge against NYPD that bilked over $400MM of tax payer money, broke numerous federal, state, and local laws. And is likely the tip of an iceberg.

Where there he'll are your priorities!!!

No offense to the poor people of Fort Lee but please people get your priorities straight. A traffic jam trumps systemic police corruption? A potential order for a traffic jam trumps an order for the IRS to harass and intimidate political targets.

I expect more from you. In fact, I demand more!!

Jan. 15 2014 08:13 PM

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