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Mayor Says Christie Official Linked Real Estate Deal, Sandy Funding

NJ Spotlight, Jan. 20, 2014

By Sarah Gonzalez and Matt Katz

Hoboken Mayor Zimmer says Lt. Gov. Guadagno told her she would ‘deny’ having said anything

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer has alleged that her city was shortchanged on the amount of Sandy recovery aid it received because she refused to go along with a redevelopment deal being pushed by the Christie administration.

According to Zimmer, she was approached by Lieutenant Mayor Kim Guadagno and Department of Community Affairs commissioner Richard Constable III, who told that she had to support the plan in order to receive Sandy aid.

Zimmer claims that Guadagno told her in no uncertain terms that the deal and Hoboken’s Sandy funding were connected, adding "I know it’s not right, these things should not be connected, but they are."

She says Guadagno added, "If you tell anyone, I will deny it."

Read the full story and listen to the audio report by Sarah Gonzalez and Matt Katz on WNYC, an NJ Spotlight partner.

Sarah Gonzalez is the northern New Jersey enterprise reporter for WNYC and NJPR.

Matt Katz is a reporter for New Jersey Public Radio covering state politics. NJ Spotlight, in partnership with NJPR, is running his in-depth stories.

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