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Feds clear Chris Christie over Hurricane Sandy ads

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) did not misuse federal relief funds to produce pro-tourism ads following Hurricane Sandy, the federal government has concluded.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development opened an investigation earlier this year into the bidding process for the $25 million ad campaign. At issue was an allegation that Christie — who appeared in the ads as he was running for re-election — picked a firm that offered to feature his family in the spot over one that would not have given him airtime.

Though the feds said the state made minor mistakes in the contract process, they concluded Christie's administration did not violate any federal regulations.