Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer claims Sandy aid came with ultimatum; Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno denies allegations
UNION BEACH - Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno has responded to Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer's allegations that Sandy relief was denied to Hoboken because Zimmer did not support a redevelopment project proposed by the Christie administration.
Speaking at an event in Union Beach Tuesday, the lieutenant governor said, "Any suggestion that Sandy funds were tied to the approval of any project in New Jersey is completely false."
Over the weekend, Zimmer appeared on MSNBC, alleging that Guadagno pulled her aside and suggested Sandy relief would be denied if Zimmer did not go along with a redevelopment project supported by Gov. Chris Christie.
Zimmer also appeared on CNN, alleging that Marc Ferzan, the man Gov. Christie tapped to oversee Sandy recovery efforts, has also seemed fixated on redevelopment in her town.
Guadagno denies such a conversation ever took place. Richard Constable, the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, called Zimmer's claims patently false and libelous.
Mayor Zimmer says she expected Guadagno's denial. Zimmer released a statement soon after the lieutenant governor's event, saying, "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."
Zimmer says she has turned over her journals, which detail her conversation with Guadagno, to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The aid in question is just part of millions of dollars in federal recovery money promised to the city. The Christie administration said it has either paid out or has assigned $70 million in aid for Hoboken. Mayor Zimmer alleges Hoboken has received just a fraction of the millions in aid it requested.