The scandal over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge aside, a separate investigation into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's use of Hurricane Sandy funds involves a former Christie aide who has been embroiled in several of his past controversies.
Federal officials are looking into an advertising campaign New Jersey commissioned which was aimed at encouraging tourism to the state after the devastating storm, but which favorably featured the governor and his family in 2013 when he was up for re-election.
The ad campaign was awarded to the East Rutherford-based public relations firm MWW, which raised eyebrows for two reasons: its reported $4.7 million bid was about $2 million higher more than a competing bidder, which apparently didn't seek to give the Christies the same exposure. And, according to the Asbury Park Press, the woman tapped to lead a six-person panel to award the contract was Michele Brown, a former Christie aide with whom he has a complicated history.
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