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Hoboken mayor claims Christie administration held Superstorm Sandy relief funds hostage

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HOBOKEN, N.J. (PIX11) — Bridgegate seems to have opened up the floodgates for Governor Chris Christie.

Aside from the now federal investigation regarding the use of superstorm Sandy relief funds, the Christie administration is now being accused of withholding millions of Sandy relief money from the city of Hoboken.

The accusation comes after Mayor Dawn Zimmer says she did not approve a city redevelopment plan by the Rockefeller Group.

In an exclusive interview with MSNBC, Zimmer says she was pulled aside by the Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno in a parking lot last summer. Guadagno made it clear to her that Hoboken wouldn’t see any relief money unless the plan was fast-tracked.

Zimmer claims several days later Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable told her essentially the same thing.

Zimmer said the city, which was seriously flooded by the 2012 hurricane, requested $127 million in sandy funds but has only received $342,000.

The commercial development, planned by the Rockefeller Group has been a political sore spot for years.

Governor Christie is said to be in favor of the plan that would take up millions of square feet in an area that’s only one square mile wide.

The Christie administration denies all of the allegations. A Christie spokesman released a statement saying Zimmer has been effusive in her public praise of the governor’s office and her claims are outlandishly false.

This past summer Zimmer did publicly praise the administration on twitter saying she’s glad Governor Christie is the governor of New Jersey. But it seems her opinion has changed.