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New Jersey Isn’t the Only State to Use Disaster Aid for Tourism Ads

Excerpt from CBS News

Feb 08, 2014 5:00 pm

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The government has granted waivers to states including New York and Louisiana to use disaster aid for ads in an efforts to boost the economies of affected areas. The question remains whether Chris Christie used the ads for his own political gain.

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A scene from the "Stronger Than The Storm" ads whose funding is currently being investigated by the U.S. government. Stronger Than The Storm / YouTube


Critics have accused Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., of promoting himself during his reelection campaign in TV ads paid for with Superstorm Sandy relief funds. As it turns out, the federal government granted not only New Jersey, but also other states, special waivers to spend tens of millions of dollars in disaster aid on TV ads promoting tourism – a purpose that would otherwise be ineligible under the law.

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