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NJ mayor: Christie aides held Sandy recovery money hostage
nypost.com ^ | january 18, 2014

Posted on 01/18/2014 1:16:08 PM PST by lowbridge

The mayor of a New Jersey city that sustained severe flooding from Hurricane Sandy claims the Christie administration withheld millions of dollars in recovery grants because she refused to sign off on a politically connected development.

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer tells The Associated Press that Gov. Chris Christie’s lieutenant governor and a top community development official said recovery funds would flow to her city if the commercial development went forward. MSNBC first reported her comments Saturday.

Zimmer says Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno pulled her aside at a May event and told her unless the project is approved “we are not going to be able to help you.”

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: chrischristie; christie; dawnzimmer; fortlee; hoboken; memebuilding; newjersey; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; randsconcerntrolls; tpinos
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1 posted on 01/18/2014 1:16:08 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Ubungu and his administration do this all the time. The stooge media barely reports it. They write it off as “politics”. But let a Republican do the same...

Remember when the Ubungu regime refused to help at Texas after some fires a few years ago. Due to Rick Perry being a Republican governor.


2 posted on 01/18/2014 1:20:27 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: lowbridge
Humm'...this is NJ ....politics as usual...

Interesting because they think it will sink Fat Boy chances, they are peeling away the layers of corruption...

Guess they forget once the onion starts to peel, who knows when it will stop...

3 posted on 01/18/2014 1:26:16 PM PST by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Popman

Yes...at the bottom of the sinkhole you will always find...Big Ds


4 posted on 01/18/2014 1:31:22 PM PST by Shady (We will not comply. We are Free, We Are AMERICANS!)
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To: lowbridge
They needed a GOP target to take the attention off Obamacare. Looks like Christie's it.

Several of the last Governors in IL went to jail. Were these national headliners for weeks? Nope.

5 posted on 01/18/2014 1:32:35 PM PST by what's up
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To: lowbridge

6 posted on 01/18/2014 1:33:58 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Popman

If it keeps Crispy in the Garden State I’m okay with it. Lie down with Democrats get up with scandal. He has only himself to blame.


7 posted on 01/18/2014 1:39:06 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: lowbridge

And Christie was whining about how slow the GOP House was.


8 posted on 01/18/2014 1:39:45 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: lowbridge
Seriously? Does the liberal press really want to open up this can of drek?

Fine, let's take "a more comprehensive look" at Illinois politics BEFORE Barack became a household name sham...and not the media white-wash that was done on his behalf.

Pay for play? race-pimp shakedown artists? urban voter fraud? union corruption?...

anyone?...anyone?...Bueller?

...all that sleaze...and Obama comes out...pure as driven snow...

Yeah...riiiight...

9 posted on 01/18/2014 1:41:39 PM PST by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
f it keeps Crispy in the Garden State I’m okay with it. Lie down with Democrats get up with scandal.

The reason they call them "Republicans In Name Only" is because they are not Republicans....they are RATs.

10 posted on 01/18/2014 1:43:09 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: dennisw
"Ubungu and his administration do this all the time. The stooge media barely reports it."

It's wrong when a governor does it. It's worse when a President does it. They both deserve to go down.

11 posted on 01/18/2014 1:45:45 PM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: dennisw
"Ubungu and his administration do this all the time. The stooge media barely reports it."

It's wrong when a governor does it. It's worse when a President does it. They both deserve to go down.

12 posted on 01/18/2014 1:45:46 PM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: Popman

I lived in Hoboken. Great town for the young professional because of the accesibilty to Manhattan. Anyway, Hoboken politics. I think it was the 95 mayor’s election of Hoboken. A bartender of a popular bar had been written on the ballot by hundreds of people, as a laugh. I think he got some crap about that , even though he did not “endorse “ it. The election committee had some issue certifying the election. It was humorous at the time. Lastly, I think Eli Manning endorsed this mayor during the recent November election.


13 posted on 01/18/2014 2:21:28 PM PST by guyfromjrz (fresh breath, it speaks for itself.)
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To: guyfromjrz

As a Giant, Eli is sucking lately, this was another bad pick this fall.


14 posted on 01/18/2014 2:23:15 PM PST by guyfromjrz (fresh breath, it speaks for itself.)
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To: RckyRaCoCo
Forget about Chicago ... let's just look at Hoboken itself.

The mayor in this article replaced her predecessor -- Peter J. Cammarano -- when he was indicted after only 22 days in office on a number of charges related to a Federal investigation in a major money laundering operation. That Federal investigation dated back to 2002, which means Chris Christie was certainly involved closely in the case as the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey.

15 posted on 01/18/2014 2:33:08 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: Doogle

Ms. Zimmer is a major league ugly.


16 posted on 01/18/2014 2:35:42 PM PST by WashingtonSource
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To: lowbridge
Zimmer says Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno pulled her aside at a May event and told her unless the project is approved “we are not going to be able to help you.”

Sandy made landfall in New Jersey on October 29, 2012 so that event in May 2013 would have been more than 6 months later. Obviously, it wasn't emergency assistance. I'm guessing that Hoboken received (a bunch) of state help prior to this. Is Zimmer saying that she didn't receive any help from the state to clean up after Sandy? Or that she didn't receive as much state money as she might have wanted months after the storm?

(May 2013 was about the time that several nearby beach towns were putting potted palm trees on the boardwalks to spend all the Sandy aid money that they were receiving. IIRC, they didn't have potted palms before Sandy, and of course palms can't survive outdoors in our winters.)

17 posted on 01/18/2014 2:38:41 PM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: dennisw

Here’s how it works: (MHO)

Lib supporters practice moral relativism. It’s their religion, regardless of what they SAY their religion or moral code is.

Lib Pols are the same, but their religion is power, the end of which is dictatorship. They will never approve of nor understand conservatism nor even the Constitution.

Republican supporters are leaderless; the republican party has been hijacked by liberals the way that the democrat party has been.

Conservative supporters have very few leaders.

Republican pols are either conservative or liberal. the conservatives pols are so knocked around by liberals, and the closer they are to being liberal, the easier they turn into liberals.

Republican pols are highly abused, the closer they are to being conservative.

When republican pols are completely conservative, they, and their supporters, are completely abused by libs. In this case, republican supporters beg these pols to go to the other side for relief.

But republican liberals never ever stand a chance. THey are duped. Tey are never allowed on the first tier of liberal pols, those spots are reserved for democrat pols (purists).

The closer a republican is to being a lib, the more support he gets from everyone, esp his supporters, who, just as he is exposed for being corrupt, like any other lib, is dumped by his fair weather republican supporters and everyone else, who tell him, how dare you try to be a liberal republican.

And he is out.

This all has nothing to do with the US, its constitution, economic health, moral superiority, nor future.

conservative pols who ask for approval from the democrat pols and supporters will be smashed every time they come near to being in power.

conservative pols cannot care at all about libs, in the same way libs NEVER ever care about conservative approval.

The pure conservative, America loving constitutional scholar and adherent, unapologetic, uncorrupt, think outside of the fundraising and PR box, will win the next pres election over anyone including Hillary.


18 posted on 01/18/2014 2:41:18 PM PST by stanne
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To: lowbridge
the Christie administration withheld millions of dollars in recovery grants because she refused to sign off on a politically connected development

As if there's ever, in the history of New Jersey, a development that wasn't "politically connected."

Hell, you still can't paint your curb in NJ's urban areas without giving Bob Toricelli a lollipop and throwing some nickels on Frank Lautenberg's grave.

It sounds like the Christie Administration was saying there was relief funds available for a certain development, but the mayor of Hoboken prefers the method where you give the Democrat the money first, and then they decide what to do with it.

19 posted on 01/18/2014 2:44:45 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: WashingtonSource

..hit every branch on the way down falling out of the ugly tree


20 posted on 01/18/2014 2:47:14 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: dead
Hell, you still can't paint your curb in NJ's urban areas without giving Bob Toricelli a lollipop and throwing some nickels on Frank Lautenberg's grave.

You make me squirt tea out of my nose...damn you LOL

21 posted on 01/18/2014 2:47:49 PM PST by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: dead
It sounds like the Christie Administration was saying there was relief funds available for a certain development, but the mayor of Hoboken prefers the method where you give the Democrat the money first, and then they decide what to do with it.

In other words, it was a tug of war between the Democrats and Republicans over who was going to get the credit/patronage/payola for the development.

22 posted on 01/18/2014 3:06:11 PM PST by Praxeologue
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To: RckyRaCoCo

You/we won’t see nothing from any kind of expose like that, because there will never be an expose like that.


23 posted on 01/18/2014 3:38:02 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: Kennard
In other words, it was a tug of war between the Democrats and Republicans over who was going to get the credit/patronage/payola for the development.

As it was for much, much more waste, graft and corruption that followed Sandy, too.

The Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 (H.R. 219) included $150 million for fisheries in Alaska and $2 million to fix a Smithsonian roof. The vote on the bill was 403 to 0 so NO members of Congress actually had the stones to stand up and vote against it. (Think of all the poor, wet children!)

24 posted on 01/18/2014 3:51:38 PM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Sooth2222
The Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 (H.R. 219) included $150 million for fisheries in Alaska and $2 million to fix a Smithsonian roof. The vote on the bill was 403 to 0 so NO members of Congress actually had the stones to stand up and vote against it. (Think of all the poor, wet children!)

I watched the CSPAN debate. Not one House member called out that lineup of hogs at the trough, filled with phony outrage.

25 posted on 01/18/2014 3:58:51 PM PST by Praxeologue
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Maybe Crispy can still run as VP on Hildebeast’s ticket. The MSM will lose all interest in any of his misadventures. :-)


26 posted on 01/18/2014 4:04:27 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: dennisw

Christie deserves such exposure—even though the Dems deserve the same.


27 posted on 01/18/2014 4:08:16 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: lowbridge

I saw that on MSNBC this morning.
But they admitted that it was perfectly legal if that did happen.


28 posted on 01/18/2014 4:53:27 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: dennisw

I so remember that- Republicans did nothing about it as usual. There was another Republican state that got hit with a massive ice storm, same thing happened....it was around the same time I believe...

In this story, the Mayor was requesting 1/3 of the pot of money (100 M out 300 M) and the city is only 2 miles wide.

No wonder they got refused...


29 posted on 01/18/2014 6:46:08 PM PST by Engedi
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To: Georgia Girl 2
Crispy can still run as VP on Hildebeast’s ticket.

Yer scarin' me Miss Georgia.

30 posted on 01/18/2014 8:41:08 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: DannyTN

Bingo


31 posted on 01/19/2014 4:57:17 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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