Lt. Governor Denies New Christie Administration Allegations

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno denied allegations Monday that she threatened to withhold Sandy relief money unless a politically connected real estate deal was fast-tracked.

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, denying allegations that she held up Sandy funds to Hoboken.
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, denying allegations that she held up Sandy funds to Hoboken.

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno denied allegations Monday that she threatened to withhold Hurricane Sandy relief money unless a politically connected real estate deal was fast-tracked. 

Democratic Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer dropped the bombshell on a national television appearance Saturday, saying she said she did not immediately come forward because she did not think anyone would believe her. 

Guadagno, in Union Beach on Monday, an area still struggling to recover from the 2013 storm, denied the allegation and called the mayor's claim "illogical."

"Mayor Zimmer's version of our conversation in May 2013 is not only false, but is illogical and does not withstand scrutiny when all of the facts are examined," Guadagno said "Any suggestion that Sandy funds were tied to the approval of any project in New Jersey is completely false."

But Zimmer stands by her story and has said she turned over her personal journal, where she had detailed the conversation with Guadagno, to the U.S. attorney.

"As they pursue this investigation, I will provide any requested information and testify under oath about the facts of what happened when the lieutenant governor came to Hoboken and told me that Sandy aid would be contingent on moving forward with a private development project," Zimmer said in a statement.

Just as Zimmer made her claim, another Democratic mayor whose town was affected by Sandy made similar allegations regarding the Christie administration.

Adam Schneider, mayor of the shore town of Long Branch, told the Washington Post he believed his town was favored because Schneider, a Democrat, endorsed Christie’s re-election bid.

Christie spent the weekend on a fundraising blitz in Florida in his capacity as the head of the chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

Christie is scheduled for an all-day inauguration fete Tuesday, ending with a party on Ellis Island.

Beach Mover January 21, 2014 at 07:51 PM
MC unless I'm missing something the Hub is fixed. Actually up in 6 months waiting room opened in weeks. It is important and was taken care if right away. I guess the low life's at Seaside will have to wait. The way some of you people think is bizarre. http://www.wnyc.org/story/290101-nj-transits-hoboken-terminal-six-months-after-sandy/
Mac January 21, 2014 at 07:52 PM
@MC - so you're saying Ocean County shouldn't be a model for state government?
jerseytomato January 21, 2014 at 08:07 PM
Charlotte - it was never your conversation. May I remind you this is an open forum. Referring to those you don't agree as 'stalkers' exposes your petulance; a pathetic attempt to silence the opposition.
Barbara January 21, 2014 at 08:20 PM
It's snowing! Can't we all just get along?
Carol Harrison January 21, 2014 at 08:21 PM
Beach Mower, The hub was repaired. But money to protect it from the next super storm is what many people are concerned with. We can't use dunes or stilts.
charlotte January 21, 2014 at 08:22 PM
I apologize my dear @jerseytomato. It is hard to get used to this new forum where it is difficult to determine responses. Your corslime comment was still objectionable to me. It is never my intent to silence opposition bc people that actually care are my allies.
Mac January 21, 2014 at 08:23 PM
@ MC again - I do what I can for the cause - this isn't about what Hoboken, it's mayor or it's people got, deserved, didn't get, didn't deserve or line by line comparisons to others - it's about the reign of government by terror - it's about politicians compromised by past activities not prosecuted for future returns - it's about a prosecutor's staff that took over Trenton Soprano style - nice story, very bad government - I have no problem with the chips falling where they fall
Barbara January 21, 2014 at 09:01 PM
Still snowin'.....
jerseytomato January 21, 2014 at 09:04 PM
Thanks Charlotte.
Mac January 21, 2014 at 09:04 PM
outside too..........
Pops January 21, 2014 at 09:12 PM
"Experts: Enough Evidence to Pursue Hoboken Mayor's Charges Against Christie Administration" http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/01/legal_experts_says_federal.html
Beach Mover January 21, 2014 at 09:19 PM
@carol that is a good concern Let them put together a plan and see what happens. My point hoboken is in pretty good shape today. Take a ride fro BayHead to Island Beach State Park. We are talking years.
Beach Mover January 21, 2014 at 09:21 PM
@pops I think most of what I have heard here is that if they broke the law they should pay. Right now it's just chatter. Entry in a Diary, meetings and Phone calls. If there is solid proof people will be in trouble.
charlotte January 21, 2014 at 10:22 PM
@Beach Mover so ok how much did the TOWNSHIP of Toms River and the Borough of Seaside Heights Receive? Abuse of Power?
charlotte January 21, 2014 at 10:23 PM
Yay No your abuse of power and threat to my family will NOT #STANDUP
Barbara January 22, 2014 at 06:19 AM
it stopped snowing.......................
Beach Mover January 22, 2014 at 06:54 AM
@Charlotte That is my point. I don't know. I have not heard any town really happy with pace of aid. I have not seen lots of stories of how one town got so much more than others. It might come all out in the end. I'm assuming, as best as government can, they are prioritizing in some way. A park that was destroyed should be fixed but not before a train station. Public buildings have to be fixed but non essential ones can wait until people are back in houses and roads fixed. I've been to Hoboken 10 times since storm, looks very "normal" to me. Maybe the mayor should go to Union Beach or the Barrier Island to see how fortunate Hoboken is. This is not an easy thing, money will not always be used right, let's hope most of it is. This is a huge undertaking.
MC January 22, 2014 at 07:11 AM
Does anyone know whether Mrs. Governor Christie has awarded any of the $32 million she raised for her Sandy Relief Fund charity?
charlotte January 22, 2014 at 08:06 AM
@Beach Mover. We could have financial disbursement information but it is being withheld by CC after he vetoed the transparency bill. SShhhh its a secret.
Beach Mover January 22, 2014 at 09:17 AM
@charllotte I agree with you I really find no reason to give the most updated information out. This article explains a lot. I would say sounds about right, some bad but overall looks pretty fair to me. http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/renters_and_low_income_refugees_from_hurricane_sandy_find_housing_help_scarce_advocates_say.html
David Goren January 23, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Journalism 101 - ask the parties if the meeting between Ms. Zimmer and Ms. Guadagno ever took place, when ?, where? and what was discussed? The result?
Mac January 23, 2014 at 10:36 AM
@David Goren - either Bridge Over Troubled Water or Where Have All The Flowers Gone
Barbara January 23, 2014 at 12:41 PM
Or, "The Bigger They Are".....
Mike Mazzucca January 23, 2014 at 01:01 PM
MC, the $32M that CC and wife received has not been awarded yet. Much like the Millions the Salvation Army is holding back. They are each waiting till the end to see who gets what from other sources. Between the 2 it's close to $70M in funds for sandy victims that have not been awarded at all, collecting interest. While folks like my own family are struggling to make it work and get back into their homes.
Beach Mover January 28, 2014 at 06:57 AM
Interesting update http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/01/27/318443.htm
MC January 28, 2014 at 08:09 AM
Read the Bergen Record. Seems Samson has hands in the piggy bank again. Guess he forgot about conflict of interest principles particularly as an attorney.
Beach Mover January 28, 2014 at 08:16 AM
@MC That might be true but why post in the article about Hoboken? The Mayor has been very quiet, no more saying things. Not sure what that means but for sure it is no longer about how much less Hoboken got.
MC January 28, 2014 at 08:46 AM
It has been reported that the US Attorney has asked that public discussion cease during investigation and also prevent possible evidence destruction by those whose names have yet to be publicly disclosed.
Beach Mover January 28, 2014 at 09:00 AM
@MC Makes sense we will all see outcome. At least it had nothing to do now with Samson
MC January 28, 2014 at 09:07 AM
The NJ State government is beginning to resemble the Star Chamber and it maybe Samson and not Christie who is Chief Judge


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