HOBOKEN, New Jersey (PIX11) – Accusation of back-room deals in politics is nothing new, but the mayor of Hoboken alleging it happened in the aftermath of Sandy takes it to a new level.
Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno countered accusations that Monday by saying, “The suggestion that anyone would hold back Sandy relief funds for any reason is wholly and completely false.”
Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer has been raising many eyebrows not only in New Jersey, but in political circles across the nation after revealing that Governor Chris Christie allegedly held back Sandy aid to the devastated city in exchange for approval of a development deal.
The claims of strong-armed politics emerging out of Hoboken City Hall were taken into serious consideration by the Feds. On Sunday, Zimmer met for hours with federal prosecutors on the alleged political extortion involving Sandy relief funds.
Zimmer says that the Lt. Governor told her that funds would be funneled to the city if the Mayor green-lit a private project by the developers of Rockefeller Center. The developers, coincidentally, are legally represented by the firm of Port Authority Chairman David Samson. A close confidant of Governor Christie.
“Any suggestion, any suggestion of Sandy funds were tied to the approval of any project in New Jersey is completely false,” said Lt. Governor Guadagno.
Mayor Zimmer who once praised Governor Christie via twitter for his Sandy support and efforts, released snapshots of her personal diary entries in order to try and prove her case.
Monday afternoon PIX 11 News spoke with the Chairman of the Investigative Committee that is pressuring the Christie administration, Assemblyman John Wisniewski, “Members of my committee have called and said that these are serious allegations.”
It is too early to say whether or not he will be broadening his Bridgegate investigation to paint the image of alleged strong-armed bully policies out of the governor’s office, but this said, the committee will be speaking with Mayor Zimmer, “We don’t have all the facts in front of us. It would be, I don’t think it would be a wise move of the committee to suddenly jump into something without having all the facts. So we’re going to look at the facts, we’re going to gather the information, we’re probably going to have a conversation with Mayor Zimmer and then make a decision as we move forward.”
As for Mayor Zimmer’s response to Lt. Kim Guadagno defiant denial? “I am genuinely disappointed,” adding that, “I stand by my word, remain willing to testify under oath, and I will continue to answer any questions asked of me by the U.S. Attorney’s office.”