Christie Allegedly Diverted Millions in Needed Hurricane Sandy Relief Funds to Pay for TV Ads Starring Himself

By Igor Volsky
Think Progress (1/13/14)

The Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has  opened a federal investigation into whether New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) improperly used Hurricane Sandy relief funds to produce commercials starring himself and his family ahead of his re-election campaign. Auditors will examine how the Christie administration used $25 million set aside for “a marketing campaign to promote the Jersey Shore and encourage tourism,” focusing on the bidding process to award a $4.7 million to a politically connected firm that cast Christie and his family in the Sandy ads, while “a comparable firm proposed billing the state $2.5 million for similar work” but did not include Christie in the commercials.

The ads produced by the company, MWW, attracted significant criticism. The New Jersey Star Ledger  accused Christie of siphoning off “money that was intended for victims of Sandy to promote himself in a series of TV ads,” and described the move as “offensive” and a ” new low.”

Here are 6 things you need to know about the investigation …

Read the Rest and 32-Second Video of Christie Starring in His Taxpayer-Funded Ad:

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