While he did not directly refer to Chris Christie by name, Senator Rand Paul publicly took issue with the display of the New Jersey governor’s “mug” in ads touting the state’s recovery after Hurricane Sandy. The Kentucky senator argued that the commercials were effectively using recovery funds as campaign ads and that the practice “gives the whole thing a black eye.”
“In New Jersey, $25 million was spent on ads that included somebody running for political office — you think there might be a conflict of interest there?” Paul argued at a hearing on the Sandy-relief efforts. “That’s why when people . . . are trying to do good and trying to use taxpayers’ money wisely, they’re offended to see our money spent on political ads.”
Housing and Urban Development secretary Shaun Donovan said evidence shows that such ad campaigns are effective in encouraging economic development after natural disasters.