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Mayor: Christie aides tied Sandy funds to project

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 18, 2014 at 4:41 p.m.

TRENTON — The Christie administration withheld millions of dollars in Superstorm Sandy recovery grants from a New Jersey city because its mayor refused to sign off on a politically connected commercial development, the mayor said Saturday.

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer alleged that Gov. Chris Christie's lieutenant governor and a top community development official told her recovery funds would flow to her city if she allowed the project to move forward.

Zimmer said Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno pulled her aside at an event in May and told her Sandy aid was tied to the project — a proposal from the New York City-based Rockefeller Group aimed at prime real estate in the densely populated city across the river from New York City.

"I was directly told the by the lieutenant governor — she made it very clear — that the Rockefeller project needed to move forward or they wouldn't be able to help me," Zimmer told The Associated Press.

Christie's office denied Zimmer's claims. Spokesman Colin Reed said the administration has been helping Hoboken secure assistance since Sandy struck.

Christie is already embroiled in another scandal involving traffic jams apparently manufactured to settle a political score.

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HalALouyah says... January 18, 2014 at 6:34 p.m.

Proof or STFU you power hungry loser

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Goad says... January 19, 2014 at 8:43 a.m.

Another sick puke using his office to feather his nest. Christie would be a great impeachment to show politicians they are there to represent the people, not themselves.

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djigoo says... January 19, 2014 at 12:14 p.m.


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Dontsufferfools says... January 19, 2014 at 1:31 p.m.

This Christie scandal has Paul Ryan so pumped up, he went out and ran another sub-3-hour marathon.

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FreeSpiritMan says... January 19, 2014 at 1:45 p.m.

Christie DOA for GOP nomination 2016.

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HalALouyah says... January 19, 2014 at 1:59 p.m.

Okay once again I will say this mayor needs some actual proof, it doesn't matter how stupid the KoolAid Man is. There is proof of BridgeGate; it sure sounds like she is just jumping on the typical scumbag politician bandwagon when she saw the opportunity. Can anyone give us proof of more than her word, because the word of any politician is worthless.

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