Tuesday 12 December 2017

Fresh storm for Christie as spending is probed

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
David Usborne

David Usborne

Chris Christie, Republican governor of New Jersey, who was hit by recent allegations of politically motivated lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, is now facing separate questions of possible misspending of federal aid earmarked for victims of Super-Storm Sandy in 2012.

Already reeling from the "bridgegate" allegations, Mr Christie was on the defensive again after it emerged that a federal agency was investigating whether money was improperly spent on adverts promoting Jersey tourism that featured him and his family as he was preparing to run for re-election as governor.

The probe appears to be focused on why the governor's office accepted a $4.7m (€3.4m) bid for TV spots declaring the Jersey Shore open, rather than a $2.5m (€1.8m) alternative that would not have cast him. Democrat gripes about the ads have been circulating for months and in normal times they might have drawn scant attention. Now they will serve to compound a growing impression that Mr Christie has conducted himself as if he were above the law. It comes at time when Mr Christie should have been consolidating his image as a shoo-in for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. (© Independent News Service)

Irish Independent

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