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Lt. Governor Denies New Christie Administration Allegations

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno denied allegations Monday that she threatened to withhold Sandy relief money unless a politically connected real estate deal was fast-tracked.

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, denying allegations that she held up Sandy funds to Hoboken.
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, denying allegations that she held up Sandy funds to Hoboken.

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno denied allegations Monday that she threatened to withhold Hurricane Sandy relief money unless a politically connected real estate deal was fast-tracked. 

Democratic Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer dropped the bombshell on a national television appearance Saturday, saying she said she did not immediately come forward because she did not think anyone would believe her. 

Guadagno, in Union Beach on Monday, an area still struggling to recover from the 2013 storm, denied the allegation and called the mayor's claim "illogical."

"Mayor Zimmer's version of our conversation in May 2013 is not only false, but is illogical and does not withstand scrutiny when all of the facts are examined," Guadagno said "Any suggestion that Sandy funds were tied to the approval of any project in New Jersey is completely false."

But Zimmer stands by her story and has said she turned over her personal journal, where she had detailed the conversation with Guadagno, to the U.S. attorney.

"As they pursue this investigation, I will provide any requested information and testify under oath about the facts of what happened when the lieutenant governor came to Hoboken and told me that Sandy aid would be contingent on moving forward with a private development project," Zimmer said in a statement.

Just as Zimmer made her claim, another Democratic mayor whose town was affected by Sandy made similar allegations regarding the Christie administration.

Adam Schneider, mayor of the shore town of Long Branch, told the Washington Post he believed his town was favored because Schneider, a Democrat, endorsed Christie’s re-election bid.

Christie spent the weekend on a fundraising blitz in Florida in his capacity as the head of the chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

Christie is scheduled for an all-day inauguration fete Tuesday, ending with a party on Ellis Island.

MC January 28, 2014 at 08:09 AM
Read the Bergen Record. Seems Samson has hands in the piggy bank again. Guess he forgot about conflict of interest principles particularly as an attorney.
Beach Mover January 28, 2014 at 08:16 AM
@MC That might be true but why post in the article about Hoboken? The Mayor has been very quiet, no more saying things. Not sure what that means but for sure it is no longer about how much less Hoboken got.
MC January 28, 2014 at 08:46 AM
It has been reported that the US Attorney has asked that public discussion cease during investigation and also prevent possible evidence destruction by those whose names have yet to be publicly disclosed.
Beach Mover January 28, 2014 at 09:00 AM
@MC Makes sense we will all see outcome. At least it had nothing to do now with Samson
MC January 28, 2014 at 09:07 AM
The NJ State government is beginning to resemble the Star Chamber and it maybe Samson and not Christie who is Chief Judge

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