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January 21st, 2014
05:45 PM ET

New Jersey Democrat on Christie controversies: 'Something smells'

(CNN) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie did not directly mention any of the current controversies dogging his administration during his inaugural speech Tuesday.

The latest allegation comes form Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who says Christie directly ordered the withholding of Superstorm Sandy recovery funds unless she backed a redevelopment plan he favored.

"When Dawn Zimmer, who I think is a very credible person, is saying that, you know, the governor's office is trying to link a development project to Sandy aid, I think that's really bad, deplorable, and probably illegal," Rep. Frank Pallone, D-New Jersey, said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

"The fact that it was so difficult to get the Sandy money is all the more reason we have to make sure it's spent properly," said Pallone, who worked closely with Christie to get Congress to pass legislation for Sandy funds.

The New Jersey Democrat is also concerned with another controversy tied to the governor: that the Christie administration hired a firm for post-Sandy tourism ads that cost nearly twice as much as the next highest proposal.

"I think something smells, I've got to be honest," said Pallone.

For more of our interview with Rep. Frank Pallone, check out the video above.

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