Gov. Chris Christie: Federal Investigation Over Relief Funds
Where did that $25 million in Sandy relief funds go, Chris Christie (R-N.J.)? The answer — towards a New Jersey tourism ad — has federal inquiries honing in on Governor Christie’s recent actions. According to Bloomberg, an audit from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development inspector general will be taking place, as reported and requested by Representative Frank Pallone (D-N.J.).
Democrats have accused Christie of using the money for “Stronger Than the Storm” commercials that were really akin to government subsidized campaign ads for Christie’s second term, which he won by 22 percentage points over Senator Barbara Buono (D-N.J.). Jumping to his defense, Colin Reed, Christie’s spokesperson, told Bloomberg that this investigation was encouraged to happen at an ideal political time for Christie’s political opponents.
“Amazing that the inspector general’s investigation leaks now generating the headlines ‘Feds investigating Christie’s use of Sandy relief funds’ when the governor is at his lowest point, no?” Mr. Reed posed, according to Bloomberg.