NJ Governor Chris Christie to deliver speech amid controversy

(CNN) - New Jersey governor Chris Christie will deliver his State of the State Speech later today.

 This comes amid several investigations into alleged misconduct involving members of his administration.  

 He is expected to talk about education and bipartisanship during his address today. The 2016 Presidential hopeful has touted himself as a politician, who works with both sides. But that image has come under fire as members of his staff are accused of orchestrating a major traffic jam at the George Washington bridge as political payback.
 A special legislative committee is being formed to find out if the traffic problems last fall were intentionally caused after Fort Lee's mayor, a democrat, wouldn't endorse Christie's re-election.

"There was apparently a very massive abuse of power and an attempt to conceal that abuse of power," says Assemblyman John Wisniewski, (D) Deputy Speaker, NJ Legislature.

And now, federal auditors are looking at how the Christie administration spent Super Storm Sandy recovery money on ads promoting the Jersey Shore.

 A Democratic congressman says the contract went to a firm that promised to feature Christie's family eventhough its bid was more expensive. But that company tells CBS news its bid was cheaper than the competition and originally did not include Christie's family.
  A new Monmouth University poll shows the governor's approval rating is below 60% in New Jersey for the first time since Sandy hit in October 2012. It dropped six percentage points since last month.


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