Federal officials are taking a closer look at how New Jersey Governor Chris Christie spent $25 million dollars to promote the Jersey shore in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
FOX News Radio's Jeff Monosso reports:
(("Stronger Than The Storm" ad)) This ad campaign prompted New Jersey Democratic Congressman Frank Pallone Jr., to urge the Department of Housing and Urban Development to audit the Christie Administration's use of Sandy aid funds for a marketing campaign designed to bring much needed tourism revenue back to hard hit New Jersey. At issue, is the bidding process and why according to Pallone, the state chose to award the ad contract to a firm that charged $2 million dollars more than a comparable bid.
Jeff Monosso, FOX News Radio.
Read a statement below from Colin Reed: Deputy Communications Director, NJ Governor Chris Christie:
"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."