Christie Uses Federal Sandy Aid to Promote Himself During Re-Election Campaign

(Trenton)- Yesterday, a television advertisement funded using federal Sandy relief aid began airing on network television.  The ad features Governor Chris Christie and his family.  With New Jersey 2013 gubernatorial elections less than six months away, Governor Christie’s use of federal tax dollars for television airtime should be questioned.  Assemblyman John Wisniewski, Chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, released the following statement:

“I am shocked that Governor Christie would use $25 million in federal Sandy Relief money to fund an ad campaign starring himself and his family during an election year.  First, New Jersey Shore’s families and businesses should not be used as props for Christie’s re-election campaign.  Second, New Jersey’s election laws prohibit spending public money in this fashion within ninety (90) days of an election. 

Christie’s appearance in these ads is wrong and potentially violates the law.  The Democratic State Committee is exploring the possibility of filing suit with regard to this abuse of taxpayer money. This is just one more example of how Chris Christie doesn’t think the rules apply to him.”


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