Chris Christie, the Republican Governor of New Jersey, is now facing another lawsuit in his home state.
This time, the Presidential hopeful is being examined in an ongoing investigation into the misappropriation of Hurricane Sandy relief funds for his own gain. The Governor was campaigning for re-election in his seat as Governor when he allegedly misused the federal funds. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Inspector General is conducting the audit, according to Democratic New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr.
Sandy, the storm that paralyzed the entire east coast in October 2012, caused the destruction of nearly 700,000 homes in New Jersey and New York and took the lives of an estimated 150 people.
Christie allegedly spent over $2 million on an ad campaign that featured he and his family when he was up for re-election. The campaign included a “Stronger than the Storm” television commercial that eventually won the Governor a second term in office.
The $2.2 million spent on the ad was enough to have awarded $50,000 worth of grant money to 44 families affected by the storm, most in the Jersey Shore area Christie targeted during his campaign.
Christie was also recently charged with a scandal involving lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, virtually shutting down the Fort Lee area for four days. The Governor recently fired a top adviser for causing the situation, denying any personal knowledge of the plot. A New Jersey attorney, Rosemarie Arnold, filed a class-action lawsuit last Thursday in federal court, citing the “financial suffering” of many area residents because of the traffic jam.
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