Feds Probe Sandy Funds In Christie Tourism Ad

Source: Doug Stanglin / USA Today

Federal auditors are investigating whether $25 million in Sandy relief funds were improperly used for a marketing campaign, starring Gov. Chris Christie and his family, to promote tourism as he was gearing up for his 2013 re-election bid, according to U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J.

Pallone, a 27-year House veteran and vocal Christie critic, announced Friday that the inspector general of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, at his request, has conducted a preliminary review of the spending.

He said the IG concluded that there is enough evidence to launch a full-scale investigation into the state’s use of federal funds, the Asbury Park Press reported.

The probe will look into how Christie, a Republican, chose to spend the marketing money approved by the department.

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