Feds Investigating Christie’s Use of Sandy Relief Fund

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is at the center of a political scandal which could undermine his second term and a possible presidential run.  Federal officials are investigating how his office spent relief funds for Hurricane Sandy.  I spoke with the founder of a local non-profit who says his organization was impacted.”We let down the people we’re entrusted to serve and I know our citizens deserve much better,” Gov. Christie said.

Gov. Chris Christie delivered the first State of the State address apologizing for the second time in one week.  The popular republican faces the George Washington Bridge scandal and questions on how he spent relief funds for Hurricane Sandy.  His commerical “Stronger Than The Storm” is under scrutiny.

Federal auditiors are checking into if $25 million dollars went to the governor’s marketing and tourism campaign.

Dave Girgenti the founder of Wish Upon A Hero Foundation says those funds being investigated are crucial to non-profits like his.

“The fact that we couldn’t even get $300,000 out of $30million was a red flag for me,” Girgenti said, “We weren’t asking that much. We already helped a 150 people and we had 400 other people who needed help.”

Christie’s office released the following statement:

“The Stronger Than The Storm campaign was just one part of the first action plan approved by the Obama Administration and developed with the goal of effectively communicating that the Jersey Shore was open for business during the first summer after Sandy.  Federal agency reviews are routine and standard operating procedure with all federally allocated resources to ensure that funds are distributed fairly. We’re confident that any review will show that the ads were a key part in helping New Jersey get back on its feet after being struck by the worst storm in state history.”

By Ashley Johnson @AshleyNJohnson3

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