Skip to comments.CNN exclusive: Feds investigating Christie's use of Sandy relief funds
Posted on 01/13/2014 4:18:44 AM PST by John W
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.
The news couldn't come at a worse time for the scandal-plagued Republican, who is facing two probes into whether his staff tied up traffic near the country's busiest bridge to punish a Democratic mayor who refused to endorse his successful re-election bid.
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Instead of the image of the bull in the china shop, I think of the old nursury rhyme, Humpty Dumpty. In this case, Humpty Dumpty is Christie when he takes he GOP off the wall and breaks in pieces after his contentious climb to the top. That will be a tragic outcome at a time when we need unity behind a statesman like a Ronald Reagan in the Presidency.
“scandal-plagued Republican”. LOL!
No bias there, nope....
McCain, Romney, and now Christie - all ignorant of Aesop’s Fables.
The Scorpion and the Frog
A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the
scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The
frog asks, “How do I know you won’t sting me?” The scorpion
says, “Because if I do, I will die too.”
The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream,
the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of
paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown,
but has just enough time to gasp “Why?”
Replies the scorpion: “Its my nature...”
Hey Chrisytie, where is your buddy boy Barry at now?
Taking GOPe off the wall.
His hug of Barry will probably go down as one, if not the biggest political gaff in in my lifetime.
Seems that the dogs have been loosed.
this is different from the bridge closing how? both going after a political opponent.
If you’d like to tweet the author as to the definition of “scandal-plagued”.
This gun grabbing turd can’t sink fast enough for me.
You get it. The GOPe had a great fall. Thank God it was not after the nomination!
The media/RAT strategy is to destroy any potentially electable Repubs before they even get to the primaries.
Exactly. This is the lesson. In a significant way Christie contributed to the reelection of ‘the one’, and his attempt to appeal to false moderates has gained him nothing, while hurting the rest of us significantly. What was the point? The left will take what you give them, use it, and then go after you anyway.
I guess the other question that comes up is, ‘did the left know about Christie's vulnerabilities prior to the 2012 election, and did this play a role in convincing him to play nice with Obama?’. Who knows.
What the hell is going on in Joisey??
The sharks are circling...
The same press that hohums about Obama staff foibles is attacking Christie with a vengeance.
I’m not a Christie fan, but I think the guy is being piled on.
It doesnt make sense to me. If I was Hillary I would have waited to hit him with scandals.Let the GOP get behind him and then bring him down.
Maybe Jeb is behind this with the help of Hillary
Yep. Or at least come up with some faux scandals to try to equate with madame Hillary and Benghazi.
It’s about breaking republican momentum for elections later this year.
traitous Dem lite is getting a taste of the Clinton media machine .
Little Jeffy Zucker was carefully placed to Put the Clinton back in charge of the Clinton News Network .
Jeffy was hoping to be Al Gores Chief of Staff in 2000.Poor Lefty.
Do you recall Jeffy Zuckers kids were seen in the creepy Chairman Mao like video of Hollywood kids signing to our Marxist Muslim in 2008!So uit appears Comrade Hillary ordered a early strike on this useful idiot !
If it wasn't serious business, It would be funny. But to me the surprising thing is the timing. Way too early.
Unless, there is something else bubbling up just below the surface.
HE IS BEING PUNISHED. "Bad Chris! You should have stood up for gun bans!" sez the media and the Feds.
“Obama hug” - Bringing your opponent/rival in closer, to make it easier to slip the knife in his back.
Get out the butter, Christie is toast.
I don't know how "exclusive" this can be, b/c I read about the the ad-agency thing (didn't go to the lowest bidder, and featured Christie prominently -- sound familiar?) at least 6 months ago. Typical CNN?
(Based on the traffic and lack of beach parking spaces this past summer, the ads -- promoting NJ tourism -- were pretty successful.)
The fact that they are pulling out all the stops against Christie means they must be awfully worried about Hillary. (I didn't think he was a threat to Hillary, but the fact that they think he is a threat speaks volumes.)
“Yep. Or at least come up with some faux scandals to try to equate with madame Hillary and Benghazi.”
The second part of the media/RAT strategy is to protect and enhance the RAT party and their chosen candidate, hence the NY Times Whitewash of the Bengazzi scandal and virtually ignoring the IRS, NSA, and fast and furious scandals.
did the left know about Christie’s vulnerabilities prior to the 2012 election, and did this play a role in convincing him to play nice with Obama?
I have no doubt this is happening and I have no doubt the existence of this investigation was “leaked” to CNN to help their sagging ratings. After all they are the NPR of television.
An Obama hug - same as a Judas kiss.
Clears the way for Cruz.
Maybe Jeb is behind this with the help of Hillary"
Don't forget Karl Rove...
Meanwhile, Barack Obama lets Michelle stay an extra week in Hawaii at taxpayer expense as a “birthday present”, and the media doesn’t have a problem with it.
What I find intriguing is that this is the kind of hit job that’s done against GOP front-runners during primary season; but certainly not now. This means that either CC has already lost favor among the Lib GOP (aka GOPe, etc), else our side is finally learning how to play hard ball (i.e., sinking the hand-picked nominee before they hit the ground running).
We already know no one will want Christie to campaign for them. That’s a good start.
Also a good start is McCain being censured be the GOP in AZ. Word has it ditto will happen to Graham in SC. All this simple means the GOP civil war is on, and a long time coming in my opinion.
But let us not necessarily get our hopes up about Ted Cruz (or anyone else) for the GOP nominee yet. Yeah, I like the guy, but depending on the 2014 election cycle, he may serve us better gaining more tenure in the Senate.
In short, CC is toast, but let’s keep focus on the GOP primaries.
Guess Eric ‘the racist’ Holder will call this a PHONY scandal too, just like Benghazi, Fast & Furious and the IRS !!
Oh wait, Christie is a RINO and white so don’t hold your breath !!
Christie is chaRGED with using the government to punish a political opponent.
Progressives using Justice department to punish a political opponent.
It takes Gates’ claims completely out.
They had to play this early. Good
That didn’t take long.
"In an August letter, 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."
"This was money that could have directly been used for Sandy recovery. And, as you know, many of my constituents still haven't gotten the money that is owed them to rebuild their homes or raise their homes or to help," he told CNN."
Pallone is a tool.
There was no way that they were going to use marketing funds to rebuild anything. The advertising firm, IIRC, is primarily a Democrat firm, and has the advantage that it is located directly across the street from the NJ Capitol building.
FEMA (Obama) hasn't done squat down here at the shore IMO. I don't think a few million in ad money would made any difference.
Regarding the Sandy funds, it's irritating but politicians always do this crap - stick themselves in tourism ads, so they get free marketing on the backs of other funding. It's only a crime when a Republican does it. Actually, it's not even a crime then.
All those cheering on the media feeding frenzy over Christie see this as a win over the GOPe. And it is, but that's a tiny side show that's only playing in conservative echo chambers like this one.
The media, and most of the country sees this as a Republican/conservative/Tea Party disaster and they are going to milk this heifer for every last drop. When you start seeing people on this website cheering on Rachel Maddow's latest fevered theory on Christie, you realize that there are some pretty delusional clowns around here who don't see the big picture.
Look out below!
....yet, not one PEEP about the Obamacare Website money laundering for the 2014 Democrat Election coffers.
We are ruled under a wholly criminal enterprise.
I wouldn't doubt it. Maybe they made their sinister plans when Jeb presented Hil!ary with the Liberty medal...on the eve of Benghazi anniversary...
All propaganda, all the time.
Exactly. Poor Krispy would've been darned if he did, darned if he didn't. If he'd used the "marketing" funds to *help rebuild* something - they would've screamed that he misused marketing funds.
The fact that he used himself and his family in the ads is creepy, but that's his style...and, another poster said traffic was actually up, this summer. So, maybe he has a measurement that his *ads* were worth something.
The news couldn't come at a worse time for the scandal-plagued
Republican Dim or 0bama . . .
What does Christie think of Obama now?