TODAY | January 21, 2014
>>> meantime, important day for governor chris christie willie 's in for natalie with more on that.
>> hey, matt, thanks. chris christie will have a national audience today for his second inauguration. this one, of course, clouded in controversy. nbc's kelly o'donnell is in trenton, new jersey, for us. kelly , good morning.
>> reporter: good morning, willie . this is supposed to be a good news day for chris christie . begins with a church service and the swearing in ceremony. christie will give an inaugural address , talk about big, bipartisan themes but also continue to take on what is politically unpopular. that triumphant walk on election night. a sweeping victory that was supposed to set the tone for this inauguration day . but two weeks of scandal over bridge traffic, sandy relief and the culture of the christie administration has taken a toll.
>> new jersey governorship is a powerful governorship, christie is a powerful guy, a guy that knows how to use it.
>> reporter: despite multiple investigations, today is still billed as a celebration for chris christie and his supporters. 1,100 guests are expected at an ellis island party tonight paying $500 a person. today's swearing in ceremony for christie and his lieutenant governor comes one day after kim was helping volunteers on a sandy repair project and facing heat over allegations made by dawn zimmer .
>> i deny any suggestion made by mayor zimmer that there was ever any condition placed on the release of sandy funds by me.
>> reporter: but the lieutenant governor would not take questions.
>> lieutenant governor, did you ever tell mayor zimmer not to talk about your conversation?
>> reporter: zimmer made another tv appearance insisting the lieutenant governor told her last year that they would get money if she backed a development project.
>> i know it's not right, and if you tell anyone, i will deny it.
>> reporter: so those controversies have put a cloud over the second term. but today's interference may not be manmade. the winter storm has organizers concerned about attendance at tonight's inaugural event. willie ?
>> kelly o'donnell, beautiful morning down in the state capitol in trenton, new jersey.