January 13th, 2014
09:24 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN exclusive: Feds investigating Christie's use of Sandy relief funds

Washington (CNN) - Just days after dismissing two top advisers for their roles in the George Washington Bridge scandal, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is facing questions over the use of Superstorm Sandy relief funds.

CNN has learned that federal officials are investigating whether Christie improperly used those relief funds to produce tourism ads that starred him and his family.


Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
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  1. Gurgyl

    These GOP thugs are so vulnerable, pathetic. They are the detriment to USA. Problem with uneducated brain dead Fox excrete watchers. Nothing more than this. GOP is dead, defunct, they better come to Earth to think twice.

    January 13, 2014 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    When you look under a rock, no telling what else you'll find. What else are we going to find out? A $2 million dollar difference in the bidding war is a huge amount of money. This almost reminds me of Bob McCorrupt McDonnell.

    January 13, 2014 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  3. current state of the union

    Old news but how do you like it gop? This is the same garbage you have been doing for 5 years now, not one piece of solid evidence in any of their " scandals" .but that won't stop them from spending your tax dollars trying like he'll

    January 13, 2014 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Now you see how the Obama regime treats anyone who gets into the lead for the WH, that is NOT a Democrat.

    January 13, 2014 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    I remember the debate on these blogs about whether or not it was proper for Christie to make those ads featuring his family because they so much resembled campaign ads. The ads came across as beding more about the Christie and his family than the recovery on the Jersey shore.

    I also think that they should follow the money to see where it went, and more importantly, where it didn't go. They should compare how much money went to Christie supporters to how much went to Christie non-supporters.

    January 13, 2014 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. Randy, San Francisco

    Gov Christie's presidential aspirations are toast. The improper use of relief funds should be the final nail in his political coffin. New Jersey citizens deserve better than a governor rendered ineffective because of civil and criminal investigations.

    January 13, 2014 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "Old news but how do you like it gop? This is the same garbage you have been doing for 5 years now, not one piece of solid evidence in any of their " scandals" .but that won't stop them from spending your tax dollars trying like he'll"

    Yes, but that's where the difference lies. Here, there's evidence: Christie produced a widely publicized advertisement with Sandy funding and it appeared, on its face, to potentially have some political motivations and work itself into his re-election campaign. Questions of whether that was improper aren't the same as making accusations that IRS asking political groups questions was politically motivated (particularly when the very essence of the regulations is about whether political activity should bar tax-exempt status), failing to produce any evidence that it was, despite thousands of documents and hundreds of hours of testimony and hearings, and then resorting to yelling about a "cover up."

    January 13, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  8. Marie MD

    @ rick, LOL. Close to the WH? Says who? You? it's 2014 and he never really had a chance.
    This had absolutely nothing, zero, nada, nein to do with Obama. This is strictly the state of NJ.
    Come out of the teaklan bubble and get some fresh air every so often. WOW!!!

    January 13, 2014 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    This is laughable!

    January 13, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  10. Malory Archer

    Rick McDaniel

    Now you see how the Obama regime treats anyone who gets into the lead for the WH, that is NOT a Democrat.


    Right on rick, because we all KNOW President Obama used a Jedi mind trick and a Vulcan mind meld to force christie misuse those funds – AND close down that bridge!

    January 13, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  11. WKNDTHG3

    Stick a fork in him, he's done...

    January 13, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  12. Tony

    I like to reserve judgment on this one. This is less serious than the bridge scandal, in which Christie has to hope that we believe he had no idea what his staff was doing.

    January 13, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  13. wendel

    when it is about the GOP repos get all crazy. You can dish it out but you sure can't take it. Time to start hollering about health care and Bengazi. Christie is a thug just like the party he belongs to.

    January 13, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel

    Now you see how the Obama regime treats anyone who gets into the lead for the WH, that is NOT a Democrat.
    Really? So how come they're not picking on anyone else?

    The Jersey shore tourism ads that the State of New Jersey made were undeniably political campaign ads for Christie's re-election. What do Christie's wife and kids have to do with Sandy reconstruction efforts? Nothing. They could have used any group of actors that they wanted to. Instead, they *chose* to feature Gov. Christie, Mrs. Christie, and their kids in the ads.

    January 13, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    Ah, now, leave the guy alone, eh? Reince Preibus is going to have to spend every dollar donated to the RNC from now until election day 2016 trying to defend Chris Christie.

    January 13, 2014 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. Peace

    Oh! ya, thats gimme, gimme Krispy. His behaviour, his conduct really stinks. How could he use even a single penny for something which the money wasn't meant for? The congress was hesitating to disburse the money to him until he used bad language to them. They were clever to do so. Send this man to jail. He can trim his weight there. Pathetic.

    January 13, 2014 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. Keith Rummage

    Remember the President walking the beaches after the oil spill. How we soon forget. The other is that you can tell that Christie is doing well in the poles because the national media is after him already.

    January 13, 2014 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. S.B. Stein

    It might explain why there are still some people who haven't received funds to fix up their houses. I'm not trying to say that Christie is bigoted but the percentages of those "minorities" who received funds is far smaller than whites. It does make one wonder what is going on there.

    January 13, 2014 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. g

    whats the difference between a terrorist group shutting down a bridge or the christie gang,it effected people lives

    January 13, 2014 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The question that pops into my mind is: What has been going on in New Jersey under the governance of Christie for him and his people to think that they can get away with something as publicized as Bridgegate and these at best suspect poltical ads?
    I can't help but think that the folks in the governor's office have been self-governing, so to speak, for so long that they've gotten overconfident and sloppy.

    January 13, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. Thomas

    I dont think Christie is being honest

    January 13, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. Bill

    The Great White Hope for the GOP turns into a broken Humpty Dumpty. What a clown.

    January 13, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    "In an August letter, Pallone [New Jersey Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone] asked the Department of Housing and Urban Development inspector general to look into how Christie chose to spend the marketing money approved by the department."

    "Pallone wrote that he was concerned about the bidding process for the firm awarded the marketing plan; the winning firm is charging the state about $2 million more than the next lowest bidder. The winning $4.7 million bid featured Christie and his family in the advertisements while the losing $2.5 million proposal did not feature the Christies."

    "Democrats slammed Christie over the summer for starring in taxpayer-funded ads as he was running for re-election in November, arguing it gave him an unfair advantage. Christie aides said at the time that the winning bid provided more value."
    This investigation was begun in Auguest, just prior to the lane closures. Are we to assume that the aides quote here are the same Christie aides that have just recently been fired amid BridgeGate? I wonder how they define "winning bid." It doesn't seem to be defined as "the lowest bidder."

    January 13, 2014 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  24. Sniffit

    Two words: Hudson Lights.

    Let there be Googlez...

    January 13, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. Ol' Yeller

    I'm surprised the rightie defenders aren't on here blaming this on Obama... again (other than Rick, who blames EVERYTHING on Obama. He once blamed Obama for stealing one of his chicken McNuggets). Have they abandoned Christie so early?
    I'm pretty sure many of them just liked Christie because he had 'Christ' in his name. That seeems to be the type reasoning used by many.
    On a serious note... the way things are looking so far, they may have to open two more lanes for the state officials getting in line to have a little 'payback' of their own on this big bully.

    January 13, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
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