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Hoboken Mayor: Christie Administration Held Up Sandy Funds To Help Allies

Governor's office has denied the accusations.

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer
Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer

Gov. Chris Christie’s administration told Hoboken's mayor she would get funds to help her city recover from Superstorm Sandy only if she expedited a politically-connected development project, Mayor Dawn Zimmer said Saturday.

Zimmer, a Democrat who has long been an ally of Christie, told MSNBC host Steve Kornacki that she was pressured by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, Richard Constable, the current commissioner of community affairs, and Lori Grifa, the former commissioner, among others.

Christie's administration has denied the accusations.

Janet January 19, 2014 at 11:07 PM
Steve Kornacki of MSNBC did Hoboken quite a service when he took the time to explain the details of the "No Hurricane Sandy Relief Funds" controversy between Mayor Zimmer and Governor Christie's administration. The tape on Patch's website cut off before Zimmer's interview, but I will go to the MSNBC website to view it. I'm impressed with Mayor Zimmer's integrity, and shocked that the State of NJ doesn't consider Hoboken worth helping on the basis of the essential services it provides to commuters pouring through our transportation hub back and forth to New York City. Is the Christie administration really as corrupt as Zimmer reports? MSNBC's Kornacki made a detailed and convincing case that, hard as it is to believe, this really is the reality. I guess we're going to find out over the coming weeks. I for one thought Mayor Zimmer was just a high-quality, trustworthy mayor with good judgment, doing a good job for our small city. Now I realize the woman is a warrior and a true-blue heroine. You hang in there, babe! You have my respect and admiration.
JeffO January 20, 2014 at 12:45 AM
She wasn't subpoenaed, but the U.S. Attorney's office thought enough about Mayor Zimmer's charges that they invited her in to talk about it. http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2014/01/hoboken_mayor_says_she_talked_storm_funding_with_us_attorneys_office.html
Eric January 20, 2014 at 11:31 AM
PeoplePlease what town in Hudson's county was washed into the sea????? Name another city in this county that had as many affected citizens and businesses AND serves as a major transportation hub. I know you won't answer. You people never engage in anything but name calling and rhetoric.
PeoplePlease January 20, 2014 at 02:42 PM
Eric - Hudson County has received 23MM in Sandy Aid. The $300MM fund was a State fund. By the way - Parts of Jersey City were under water too. Go talk to those along 440 who had their shops and dealerships under 4 feet of water.
Ojo Rojo January 20, 2014 at 07:24 PM
Parts of Jersey City might have been underwater but 80% of Jersey City wasn't underwater.

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