In November 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) launched into Governor Chris Christie’s (R-NJ) spending of Hurricane Sandy relief funds for marketing of tourism with commercials starring the Christie family. Paul said that such ads gave “a little bit of a black eye” to recover efforts. New reports suggest that the Christie administration in New Jersey spent approximately $2 million more than necessary on an advertising firm that included the Christie family in its advertising suggestions. Those revelations have prompted a federal investigation.
Paul said, “Some of these ads, people who are running for office put their mug all over the ads while they’re in the middle of a political campaign. In New Jersey, $25 million was spent on ads that included somebody running for political office.”
At the time, Paul stated that such a deal would create a “conflict of interest” for politicians, and that it was “offensive” for people to use taxpayer money for campaigning. In New York, Paul said, “At least they didn’t put someone’s face on the ad, and their family, in what looks like a bio ad.”
Paul was a loud opponent of $50 billion Hurricane Sandy funding, saying that Christie wanted to bankrupt the government. “They’re precisely the same people who are unwilling to cut the spending,” Paul explained.