HOBOKEN - Hoboken University Medical Center may be saved from closure after a judge approved the sale of the facility to IJKG Opco LLC, a private company which also owns the Bayonne Medical Center.

The hospital filed for bankruptcy back in August and now the sale may keep the struggling hospital alive.

The fight to keep the hospital open had pitted Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer against several council members, including Elizabeth Mason. When the hospital went up for sale, Mason says the mayor did not keep the bidding process transparent. Some suspect political favoritism steered the sale of the Hoboken hospital to IJKG Opco LLC.

Despite the controversy, both sides agree that it's important to keep the hospital open, as long as it's not at taxpayers' expense.