Christie camp held Sandy relief money hostage, mayor alleges

A woman makes her way through the floodwaters, Oct. 31, 2012, in Hoboken, N.J.

A woman makes her way through the floodwaters, Oct. 31, 2012, in Hoboken, N.J. |
PHOTO BY GARY HERSHORN/REUTERS

Boom!

Instead of posting a long complicated report on the issue, I urge TFC readers to go here for a video report from Kornacki’s show.

MSNBC – Steve Kornacki

Two senior members of Gov. Chris Christie’s administration warned a New Jersey mayor earlier this year that her town would be starved of hurricane relief money unless she approved a lucrative redevelopment plan favored by the governor, according to the mayor and emails and personal notes she shared with msnbc.

The mayor, Dawn Zimmer, hasn’t approved the project, but she did request $127 million in hurricane relief for her city of Hoboken – 80% of which was underwater after Sandy hit in October 2012. What she got was $142,000 to defray the cost of a single back-up generator plus an additional $200,000 in recovery grants.

In an exclusive interview, Zimmer broke her silence and named Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Richard Constable, Christie’s community affairs commissioner, as the two officials who delivered messages on behalf of a governor she had long supported.

“It’s not fair for the governor to hold Sandy funds hostage for the city of Hoboken” because he wants support for one private developer, she said Saturday on UP w/ Steve Kornacki.

Constable and Christie – through spokespersons – deny Zimmer’s claims.

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7 comments

  1. It would not surprise me at all. Christie is a vindictive bully. I have never liked him or anything her has done here in Jersey. Period.

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      1. The next hurricane or typhoon, maybe you could invite him to stand on the beach to hold it down for you! :)

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      1. Ted,

        He was in Trenton and that’s far from the shore! (coward) I know all about Florida; I lived in Daytona as a kid and roamed all over the swamps.

        Truthfully, though, nobody thought it would be as bad as it was. Even meteorologists could not predict how bad it would become from the information they had. We were without power for about 4 days in central Jersey, half an hour from the shore. There were pockets of electricity even in my neighborhood. The shoreline was in bad shape. We could see ominous green glowing lights from power things exploding. It was like something out of a scary movie. I have friends in several shoreline communities and we couldn’t reach anyone to ask if they were alright. One of our friends works in the fire/rescue field and he was beyond words to describe the damage.

        So – do us a favor and get the bully to leave Jersey alone!

        Jack

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