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NJ OKs Christie campaign spending on legal fees



TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey campaign finance regulators have given Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election campaign permission to resume raising money and spend it on legal fees stemming from two investigations into a political retribution scandal.

The Election Law Enforcement Commission voted on the unusual request Tuesday.

Because the Republican accepted public matching money for his re-election campaign last year, he was limited to spending $12.2 million.

The campaign came within $13,000 of hitting the limit. So it needed permission to raise and spend more for lawyers, data-mining and fundraising costs to comply with subpoenas it received last month from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and a special legislative investigation.

Any money raised for the purpose but not used would have to be handed over to the state government.