Is there something in the water in New Jersey? A little over 10 years ago Robert Torricelli ended his re-election bid when his perennial corruption became too much for even New Jersey voters to stomach. A couple years later New Jersey’s governor, James McGreevey, resigned under bizarre circumstances. And there’s been the continuing saga involving “Sleaze-Bob” Menendez, New jersey’s corrupt senior senator. And now this:
Washington (CNN) — Just days after dismissing two top advisers for their roles in the George Washington Bridge scandal, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is facing questions over the use of Superstorm Sandy relief funds.
CNN has learned that federal officials are investigating whether Christie improperly used those relief funds to produce tourism ads that starred him and his family.
The news couldn’t come at a worse time for the scandal-plagued Republican, who is facing two probes into whether his staff tied up traffic near the country’s busiest bridge to punish a Democratic mayor who refused to endorse his successful re-election bid.
If the Sandy inquiry finds any wrongdoing, it could prove even more damaging to Christie’s national ambitions. His performance during and after the superstorm has been widely praised and is a fundamental part of his straight-shooting political brand.
In the new probe, federal auditors will examine New Jersey’s use of $25 million in Sandy relief funds for a marketing campaign to promote tourism at the Jersey Shore after Sandy decimated the state’s coastline in late 2012, New Jersey Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone told CNN
In an August letter, Pallone asked the Department of Housing and Urban Development inspector general to look into how Christie chose to spend the marketing money approved by the department.
To be sure, Frank Pallone is a third-rate Democrat hack and it’s certainly feasible he made this up out of whole cloth. But if not, this has the potential to be far more damaging to Christie than a traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge. If this keeps up, you can put a fork in Christie. He’s done. And look for the Karl Rove types in the Republican Establishment who’ve been trying to foist Christie on us for 2016 to begin looking for another RINO to replace him … if they haven’t already.