Christie Lieutenant Denies Sandy Aid Was Withheld From Jersey Town

Allegations of misconduct are 'wholly and completely false,' said Kim Guadagno

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The lieutenant governor of New Jersey strenuously denied allegations Monday that she threatened to withhold relief funds for Hurricane Sandy from Hoboken, N.J. unless the town’s mayor backed a development project favored by Gov. Chris Christie.

“The suggestion that anyone would hold back Sandy relief funds for any reason is wholly and completely false,” Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno said during an appearance in Union Beach, N.J.  “I am very surprised by these allegations and I categorically deny these allegations.”

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Guadagno’s comments came two days after Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who had previously been effusive in her praise of Christie, claimed the Republican governor’s lieutenant had attempted to tie relief money to a development project. Zimmer, a Democrat, said Sunday that she met with a federal prosecutor about the matter. Christie’s office immediately denied her charge Saturday before Guadagno refuted it herself on Monday.

“Being a Sandy victim myself makes the mayor’s allegations particularly offensive to me,” she said. “I deny any suggestion made by Mayor Zimmer that there was ever any condition on the release of Sandy funds by me.”

Zimmer responded later Monday that she “stands by” her story and is “willing to testify under oath.”

Democrats have been emboldened in their efforts to paint Christie as a bully ever since it emerged his aides deliberately snarled traffic in Fort Lee, N.J. last year as apparent political retribution after the town’s mayor failed to endorse his re-election bid. Christie, a leading 2016 Republican presidential contender, has apologized for the traffic scandal and fired a top aide, but federal prosecutors and two state legislative committees continue to investigate the matter.

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RogerMichaels
RogerMichaels

Am not surprised that Christie's henchmen and henchwomen will aggressively jump in with clubs to beat down the Hoboken revelation relief scandal. Christies marfiadom is unfolding in real life...its not a movie anyone because real people are feeling the consequences of his bully tactics.

therigel
therigel

Why did these allegations take so long to surface?  The timing seems too convenient.  I have met several people from New Jersey and none of them mentioned anything of this sort of rumor.  Perhaps there was corruption in her office and this is a desperate attempt to cover it up. 

bokeh9
bokeh9

This stuff is effluent, and as with all fluids (hat-tip to M. Pascal), you can't put two gallons in a one-gallon container.  Sooner or later either (A) the clog will pass and it will all drain away or (B) the container will burst and everyone around will get spattered.  I can't help wondering how Governor Christie's defenders — such as former attorney for Dr. Griffin's murderer and defender of Terri Schiavo's "rights", Joe Scarborough — will fare under Option B.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Hoboken was one of the hardest hit towns in NJ and yet they have recieved very little state aid.Meanwhile the founder of the law firm at the heart of the Rockefeller  project was a Christie appointee to the port authority who was involved in the bridge lane closures. If it walk and quacks like a duck.


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/17/nyregion/hoboken-faces-continuing-toll-from-hurricane-sandy.html?_r=0


And perhaps no place has felt that impact more acutely than Hoboken. This city of 50,000 on the banks of the Hudson River thrives on its easy access to trains, buses and ferries into Manhattan. According to census surveys, an estimated 56 percent workers here use public transportation every day, surpassing New York City as the most transit-reliant community in the nation.

That convenience has played a crucial role in the city’s evolution from a rough-hewed factory town to an enclave of upscale bars and restaurants and pricey condominiums with unfettered views of the Manhattan skyline.

But as the hurricane ripped through the region, seawater flooded half the city, and crippled the PATH station at Hoboken Terminal. Now, even as commuter services have returned to normal in much of the region, the station remains closed, severing a critical artery for workers traveling to and from Manhattan.

bokeh9
bokeh9

@therigel   Or perhaps in a coercive environment, no one wants to raise issues that could negatively impact local communities and/or political careers.

jmac
jmac

@therigel Why did it take so long?   Because she knew no one before would have believed her or cared.     Second, Christie was buying (or stabbing) everyone and their mother depending on who supported him - and that included Republicans who are now coming out of the woodwork.  They didn't speak up before either.  


You can buy your friends, but when you petty-punish those who aren't on board it shows exactly who you are.   And it wasn't just typical NJ payback.  It was ugly - and he even did it to Republicans.  Big name Republicans.  


There is no question Hoboken (80% under water) got the shaft in money.  A Christie spokesman is trying to count the $43 million homeowners got from their insurance as Sandy money!  That's shows you how corrupt they are.  Hoboken got $350,000 in discretionary grants out of a total of $1.8 BILLION.   Cities whose mayors played the game got money when they were no where near any water.  


Your NJ friends need to read a paper.   

bokeh9
bokeh9

Edit: Obviously I reversed my names here.  Mr. Scarborough's client, Michael Griffin murdered Dr. David Gunn.  Gotta Google and not trust memory before clicking Post comment.

jmac
jmac

@bokeh9 @therigel Exactly,  Zimmer said she feared "Hoboken would not get its fair share of future aid for rebuilding  and fortifying against storms."   She's turned her diary entries and other documents that she said supported her allegations to the attorney generals office.  This now involves Lt. Gov Guadagno.  She's the one that Zimmer says offered her a quid pro quo if she'd support a project the major wanted.


Going to be hard to prove but it adds to the drip.