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Those recovery efforts may become a liability for Mr. Christie, after federal auditors said last week they will examine the use of federal funds for tourism ads that featured the governor and his family.

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., New Jersey Democrat, requested an audit of the “Stronger than the Storm” ads, based on information the production cost $2 million more than work offered by a separate bidder.

The governor’s office said word of the planned audit was “conveniently timed” and amounts to a routine review of federal expenditures.