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Team Christie confident that 'Stronger Than the Storm' campaign will pass investigative test

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Gov. Chris Christie's staff is pushing back against the idea that there's anything suspect in their decision to spend $25 million to promote tourism to the Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy.

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., revealed on Monday that the inspector general at the Department of Housing and Urban Development would audit the campaign, which featured Christie's family in the advertisements.

“The 'Stronger Than The Storm' campaign was just one part of the first action plan approved by the Obama administration and developed with the goal of effectively communicating that the Jersey shore was open for business during the first summer after Sandy," said Christie spokesman Colin Reed in response to the news, calling the federal reviews "routine and standard operating procedure.

"We're confident that any review will show that the ads were a key part in helping New Jersey get back on its feet after being struck by the worst storm in state history,” he concluded.

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