Skip to comments.Now Chris Christie faces federal probe over using $4.7 MILLION of Sandy funds (shortened title)
Posted on 01/13/2014 12:01:18 PM PST by centurion316
Beleaguered New Jersey Governor Chris Christie faces a federal probe into the misuse of Superstorm Sandy relief money after his government supervised the funding of a 'Stronger Than The Storm' ad campaign featuring the governor and his family just weeks before his re-election, it was revealed on Monday.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development officials are probing the use of $4.7m of hurricane rebuilding funds on the self-congratulatory tourism ads.
Christie is already under fire in his home state following revelations that at least four of his aides and political appointees were involved in a scheme to manipulate traffic patterns leading to the massive George Washington Bridge in order to bring gridlock to a New Jersey town as punishment to its mayor, who refused to back Christie's re-election.
Christie himself apologized on Thursday for his administration's role in the scandal and fired two long-time confidantes, while insisting that he had no involvement in the plot and no knowledge of it ahead of time. Two other officials linked to the saga resigned in December.
Nearly $5m in Superstorm Sandy rebuilding funds paid for the 'Stronger Than The Storm' media campaign, which included brief cameos by Christie and members of his family.
At least another $25 million was spent on buying air time for the campaign.
Federal investigators are trying to determine if laws were broken when a politically connected advertising firm won the contract to produce the ads, despite proposing a budget more than $2 million more than the next highest bidder whose scripts did not include the Christie family.
East Rutherford, N.J.-based MWW and a subcontractor billed the state $4.7 million to run this years campaign. Another firm offered to do it for $2.5 million.
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Christie will pay for his love-fest with Homobama. I’m enjoying every second of it.
Yup, why bother when they have useful idiots both left and right stirred up with this story.
At least 1 of my senators here in Michigan got money from Hurricane Sandy but that’s not misuse apparently.
I don’t doubt this is a politically-motivated dirty trick by Obama; they use prosecutions to illegally derail Republicans all the time.
But, I can’t stand Christie.
I would think TEA Party types get great pleasure out of that fat slob’s trepidations. Stick a fork into Krispy Kreme.
The Left and GOPe was setting him up to be the next nominee. The Left just jumped the gun on the trigger to take him out.
Of course the media isn’t interested, when a Dem commits murder its a boost to their resume..or gets IRS thugs to target Conservatives, no biggie according to the media, hey we deserved it for being Conservatives..NSA monitoring every aspect of our lives, its all good when a Dem does it
They are going to crucify every single Repub candidate. We did not want him anyway, but they will do the same to every GOP prospective candidate.
” - - - - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development officials are probing the use of $4.7m of hurricane rebuilding funds - - - “
Hmmmmmmm - - - ?
Looks like Democrat Presidential hopeful, Mrs. Bill Clinton has been asking Obama to lean on Christie - - - .
Seems foolish to me, as no self-respecting Republican would vote for RINO-Boy Christie anyway.
Chris Christie and Federal probe should never appear in the same sentence!
Democrats using the powers of the Federal government to shape the next election.
Dang! The Rats are putting the hammer down on this possible Republicant POTUS nominee!
If only they put 1/8 of this effort into any of the criminal investigations that have come out over just the last year alone.
Take note of the lengths the GOP-e will go to help Christie while sticking its finger in Cruz’ eye.
...sounds like the old Hilda RAT tactic....guilty or not....it’s the perceived tag they hit you with...pure Clintonista....WITHIN HOURS FEDERAL PROBE...16 months for Benghazi and IRS investigations...and still nothing
any probes into how CGI Federal is distributing Sandy Aid money?
hahahaha—you play with vipers, you’re gonna get bit.
“Stick a fork into Krispy Kreme.”
Next on the chopping block is Jeb Bush
“Christie will pay for his love-fest with Homobama.”
Homobama — Love it!! What is that old saying: “If you lie down with dogs, you are going to get fleas.”?? Too bad, so sad, Chrissie.
I guess Hillary really did feel threatened by Christie.
This was officially the moment when Zero threw Chris Christie under the bus. When will R’s figure out that dems and the media will always throw them over, no matter how friendly or moderate or fawning they get. They are useful only so long as they can be used to elect dems or provide ledes for articles criticizing conservatives.
I think the Uniparty wants a Hillary-Jeb race
The Christie camp is saying all these expenditures and the ads were vetted and approved by the Federal government in advance. He is also saying these are routine audits by the inspector general which always occur under these type of Federal programs. If he’s right then the media is shamelessly misrepresenting the situation just to dishonestly take advantage of bridgegate snafu.
Whatsamatta, Crispy, is that reacharound turning out to not be what you expected?
I agree and thought this at the beginning.
That's true. But usually they try to discredit the stronger conservative nominees first. And leave an attackable liberal as our nominee.
The fact that they couldn't help themselves but attack Christie now, rather than after he was the GOP nominee, indicates either:
P.S. I must however admit, I am enjoying Cristie's karmic crucifixion.
Too bad the GOPe will never learn that you can't make friends with an enemy sworn to destroy you.
He used $30 million that was to help actually victims for basically campaign commercials for himself. If he runs for president you can bet they will have clips from these infomercials.
I despise the fat bastard but... obama and his people approved this and it will go right to the White House and then the left will drop this phase of “operation dumbo” like a red hot coal..
Democrats are clearing the field of any potential electoral threats early. This time-tested “politics of personal destruction” event has John Podesta’s fingerprints all over it.
Oh I wish I were a Liberal Source of Media!
That is what I’d truly like to beeeeee.
Because if I were a Liberal Source of Media,
I could shape the whole world just for me!!
Yep! Stick a fork in it.
This pork roast is done and ready for (RAT) eating.
Wait, what? You are telling me the media simply lies outright like a Propaganda organ from the Soviet Union or Nazi Germany?
The media is shooting their own early this year. When did the GOP nomination slaughter season start?
Reminds me of the Morton Salt pitch phrase.
We're coming for you next ;-)
The Tea Party
I wonder if Christie has made a call to his buddy. Doesn’t Obammy owe him a favor? Won’t Barrack call his media dogs off his fat little friend?
I hope Christie and the rest of the RINOs are watching what lapdog “compromise” will get you. I won’t be holding my breath.
I sure as Hell hope that Ted Cruz runs in 2016, and that he is squeaky, squeaky, squeaky clean. (Seems like he would be, but then again, ya never know).
Uni-party. This is what they have been crowing about on lib sites, that soon there will be a one party rule in this country. Look how close we are.
We have talk radio, doesn’t do a damn thing. Fox News - doesn’t help. Our side just works our butts off to pay for vacations for Michelle Obama and welfare recipients but we can’t afford any.
Feeling hopeless. Where are any Americans speaking LOUDLY about our constitution and getting government out of EVERYTHING not enumerated therein? I’d rather see kids starving than this lack of freedom. For real.
That was my thought. Now they are going to have to race another preferred candidate for us to run against Hildabeast. Then they'll have to quickly turn that around and destroy that person before primaries. There's still time. If nothing else, Arizona is about done with McCain. I'm sure he'd run again.
Perhaps the "Beleaguered" one would like us Conservatives to come to his defense?
When he (apparently) did what he could to help Mister Obama's election to (again, apparently) to corner (hog?) the 2016 nomination for himself, he severed critical ties.
My big question is who released the smoking email?
The ads were approved by the Obama Administration.
Timing is very suspect considering the lane closure fiasco, very well timed by the Dems to maximize impact on the early frontrunner IMHO.
I love unintended consequences. Think the left got scared and figured he would beat Hillary. They did our job for us. We just saved millions in commercials and ads against another RINO who couldn’t win.
Hey libs. Rubio is taking money from La Raza..pass it on.
I don’t give a darn, wouldn’t give a darn, if politicians on the left didn’t do the exact same things and worse with nary a peep. Politicians like Christie are the reason for “a pox on both their houses”, only it’s only politicians on the right which are held to standards of propriety and integrity. Making it impossible to support anyone, which seems to be the agenda, helped by useful idiots like Christie, to make real conservatives just give up and disengage altogether.
Welcome “The Dream Team.”
Hillary and Michelle...