Democratic Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer told MSNBC on Saturday that Chris Christie’s second-in-command warned her in a parking lot that Hurricane Sandy funding would not go to the city if Zimmer did not approve a city redevelopment project.
Zimmer appeared on MSNBC with Steve Kornacki and alleged that Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and Christie’s community affairs commissioner Richard Constable told her independently that a redevelopment project in Northern Hoboken needed to go through in order for Zimmer’s city to received Sandy funding. Zimmer, according to the NY Daily News, requested $127 million in hurricane relief for the city of Hoboken, one of the state’s northernmost cities to be hit hard by the natural disaster. In the aftermath of Sandy, 80% of Hoboken was underwater.
Zimmer told MSNBC that she was told twice that hurricane relief funding would flow to the city more quickly if she approved the project, which she has not done yet.
Zimmer provided Kornacki with her diary entries from the dates that the alleged shakedowns occurred and tied the redevelopment project to the law firm Wolff and Samson, which represented the Rockefeller Group, the organization in charge of the redevelopment project. Port Authority Chairman David Samson, a Christie ally involved in the George Washington Bridge affair, leads Wolff and Samson.
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