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N.J. residents react to newest Christie questions

By Jamie Stover, Reporter, JStover@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 13 2014 09:02:17 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 13 2014 09:49:31 PM CST

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is facing more troubles.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is facing more troubles.

Garden State officials are forming a special committee to investigate the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal.

Christie apologized last week after word surfaced that top officials in his administration supposedly planned the traffic jam as political retaliation against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich.

The governor said he was not involved in the incident, but fired a campaign advisor and top aide connected to the incident.

New Jersey officials are now forming a special committee to determine if politics played a role in the incident.

In the meantime, there is also concern over how Christie spent $25 million in Superstorm Sandy relief funds.

"I think the time of that on top of the story around the George Washington Bridge is suspicious, but I think it does warrant getting to the bottom of that as well," said Michelle Tomlinson, of Phillipsburg, New Jersey.

Others believe time should be spent focusing on other affairs.

"I think there are a lot more things we need to concentrate on in this world then a traffic jam. Give it a break. He apologized for it. Took care of it as far as his employees go," said Matt Peterson of Flemington, New Jersey.

Congressman Frank Pallone said the feds are preparing to examine how Christie spent funds meant to promote Jersey Shore tourism, following Superstorm Sandy.

"I think this extra money that was spent on the ads to put him on the air during a campaign, you know that's money that we fought hard for that could be used for other purposes for Sandy Relief," said Pallone.

Critics say Christie awarded bids to marketing firms that featured his family, but cost the state more money.

A Christie official said the campaign funds were approved by the federal government and said the commercials were effective.

Governor Christie is scheduled to give his State of the State address at 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. It's unclear if those issues will be addressed.