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Further Complicating Things:

Doherty ally Frank Pallone has announced a federal audit of Christie’s use of Sandy relief funds, particularly their use in tourism ads that looked an awful lot like campaign ads.

From PolitickerNJ:

Christie’s office calls federal audit on Sandy recovery funds ‘routine and standard’

The governor’s office responded Monday to news of a federal audit into a marketing campaign that prominently featured Christie and his family. The ads in question, part of the Stronger than the Storm campaign, aired in the months leading up to the state’s summer tourism months.

“Federal agency reviews are routine and standard operating procedure with all federally allocated resources to ensure that funds are distributed fairly,” said Christie spokesman Colin Reed in a statement. “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.”

The statement is a response to U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone’s (D-6) announcement Monday of a federal audit of the state’s ad campaign in the aftermath of Sandy.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will audit the state’s use of $25 million of federal Sandy recovery aid for a marketing campaign used to promote the shore. Christie and his family had a starring role in the campaign.

According to Pallone’s office, HUD will audit the bidding process for the marketing campaign……………

Of course Pallone was singing a different tune last year when the house Republicans hesitated to pass the $60 billion Sandy-Pork bill.

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