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MWW Campaign Plays Starring Role in New Christie Controversy

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A new week brings a new scandal for New Jersey governor Chris Christie just as his epic and (arguably) successful apology marathon fades from the headlines.

At the center of said controversy lies a campaign created by Jersey agency MWW, which will now play a role in an ongoing audit by the federal government. Why? Because the money that paid for the “Stronger than the Storm” campaign came from the feds, and its purpose was to help the state recover from Superstorm Sandy by encouraging tourists to visit the damaged shore.

Back in August, Democratic Jersey rep Frank Pallone argued that the money actually served, in part, to promote Christie himself in an election year. Surprise surprise: the governor’s moment of weakness turned out to be the perfect time for HUD to begin investigating whether the campaign amounted to an improper use of taxpayer funds.

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Note to PR Pros: Don’t Cancel on ‘Meet the Press’

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The Sunday morning news show’s Executive Producer Betsy Fischer said Senate nominee Rand Paul (R-KY) is only the third cancellation from a major guest in 62 years.

Paul was scheduled to appear on the show the show yesterday, but cancelled, after Republican operatives told him that he was generating too much controversy.

Host David Gregory ended the segment about Paul with the following statement: “There are questions about his principles left unanswered…whether this fresh new face in politics is a now a weaker candidate than he was Tuesday night.”

Paul’s spokesperson is Jesse Benton, who also was communications director for his father Ron Paul‘s presidential campaign.