Christie's New Woe: Inquiry Over Misuse of Sandy Funds
Feds are investigating: CNN
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2014 7:56 AM CST
Updated Jan 13, 2014 8:01 AM CST
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gestures as he answers a question during a news conference Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at the Statehouse in Trenton.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(Newser) – Looks like Chris Christie's trouble is just beginning. The latest: Federal officials are investigating whether he misused Superstorm Sandy relief funds. Christie used $4.7 million of the federal funds allotted to tourism marketing to produce advertisements. The problem? Those ads featured Christie and his family—and this during an election year—and cost $2.2 million more than the next lowest bidder, whose ads would not have included the Christie family. New Jersey Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone asked the feds to review, and he tells CNN the audit will take several months.

"This was money that could have directly been used for Sandy recovery," Pallone says. "And, as you know, many of my constituents still haven't gotten the money that is owed them to rebuild their homes or raze their homes or to help." Meanwhile, the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal continues: Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich initially said he didn't recall Christie even asking for an endorsement before the lane closure; but now he tells the New York Times he does remember a staffer from Christie's re-election campaign making the request; he says he was noncommittal in his response. The Wall Street Journal (whose source says the staffer was regional political director Matt Mowers) adds that another Democratic mayor, Jersey City's Steve Fulop, claims he was also "punished" for refusing to endorse Christie. Fulop says he saw his meetings with several state commissioners suddenly canceled, and has had a hard time scheduling meetings with them since.

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Jan 14, 2014 12:07 AM CST
Has anyone ever thought from where Christie gets the money to pay for those Double Cheese Whoppers with extra mayo and fries that he keeps shoving into his mouth? Just wondering.
Jan 13, 2014 8:35 PM CST
Another scandal rustled up by the media to elect another socialist. Vote independent!
Jan 13, 2014 5:02 PM CST
Let's be clear. Christie's opponents used to be afraid of retaliation if they spoke up on his unethical behavior. Now that Christie is on the defensive, Democrats no longer have anything to be afraid of.