It’s not just the George Washington Bridge anymore. Chris Christie is now also being investigated by a federal agency for allegedly diverting millions of dollars of Hurricane Sandy relief funds for TV ads starring himself that ran during his reelection campaign.
Representative Frank Pallone of New Jersey says the Department of Housing and Urban Development will audit $25 million in federal money that the state spent to promote tourism and the Jersey Shore.
Documents show that the state agreed to pay $4.7 million to a marketing company that proposed developing the ads and including the governor in them, Pallone said in a letter to HUD investigators in August.
Another company had proposed a $2.5 million campaign that did not include the governor, Pallone said.
The ads, which featured Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, ran on television last year, while Christie was cruising to re-election over state Sen. Barbara Buono.