Kim Guadagno Flatly Denies Hoboken Mayor's Sandy Aid Claims

Image: Kim Guadagno Flatly Denies Hoboken Mayor's Sandy Aid Claims Lt.Gov. Kim Guadagno, left, Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 10:39 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno flatly denied Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer's allegations Monday that the Christie administration threatened to hold up Superstorm Sandy funds for her embattled city if she didn't get behind a project the governor favored.

Guadagno, a former federal prosecutor, denied claims that Zimmer needed to give the green light for a real estate development project Gov. Christie wanted before getting storm relief, according to The Record.

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"Mayor Zimmer's allegations are patently false and absurd on their face," Guadagno said during an impromptu news conference after a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event at Union Beach, N.J. "I welcome a full and thorough law enforcement review of her libelous claims. Frankly I'm surprised that Mayor Zimmer has chosen to mischaracterize the conversation I had with her about development and job creation in Hoboken. I have devoted an extraordinary amount of time to projects, to bringing projects, to creating jobs and retaining jobs in Hoboken."

Zimmer stood by her story Sunday, after being pressed by CNN's Candy Crowley on "State of the Union." 

"It's unbelievable, but it's true, and I'm coming forward," Zimmer said. "It's stunning ... but it's true."

Zimmer said she didn't come forward earlier because she "didn't think anyone would have believed me" but changed her mind after the Christie's administration took heat for the so-called "Bridgegate" scandal.

Christie aides were accused two weeks ago of making traffic worse
at the already congested George Washington Bridge to punish the Fort Lee, N.J. mayor for not endorsing his reelection campaign. 

Shortly after the scandal, Zimmer told the media that the Sandy funds threat came directly from the governor.

Guadagno wasn't the only one denying Zimmer's claims. The executive director of the Governor's Office of Recovery and Rebuilding, Marc Ferzan, spent nearly an hour on the phone with reporters, providing a wealth of information about the state’s awarding of grant money. He denied that Hoboken was treated any differently than other communities, according to The Record.

Ferzan said that Hoboken received $142,000, a portion of the $25 million of FEMA relief aid set aside by the Christie administration for municipalities and sewer authorities.

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