January 20th, 2014
11:19 AM ET

'This is an Issue of Abuse of Power' – Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D) NJ on Gov. Christie's Office

After new accusations of political strong-arming, Governor Chris Christie's administration is fighting back and denying that they threatened to withhold superstorm Sandy recovery money.

This morning on 'New Day,' Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D) of New Jersey, who requested a federal probe into Christie's use of Sandy relief money, said that he feels a federal investigation is warranted based on the current facts:

"This is a whole issue of abuse of power and what I call a culture of corruption. In many cases – including the one I brought to the public's attention- it's really an administration that's threatening people, bullying people, and this is what we're hearing..."

"So I don't think there's any question that the US attorney and various legislative committees need to look into this. There are too many allegations now. We don't know all the facts, but the facts keep coming out every day and they're not good."

Now with subpoenas flying in so-called Bridge-gate, and charges of cronyism and retribution piling up, Christie's inaugural festivities are sure to be less festive than the potential 2016 had hoped.

Tomorrow’s events begin with an 8am prayer breakfast, Christie’s swearing-in at noon, followed by what aides say will be  a 25 minute address and nighttime party on Ellis Island.

Stay with this story as it continues to develop at CNN.com.

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