New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno slams Hoboken mayor’s claims on Sandy relief

By Daniel S Levine,

New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno has criticized Hoboken mayor Dawn Zimmer, who suggested that Gov. Chris Christie’s administration held back Superstorm Sandy relief funds. The claims came just after the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal broke.

Zimmer told MSNBC that Guadagno Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable III that she would have to use a private development project that Christie supported if she wanted Sandy relief funds. But Guadagno said that these claims were false.

"I deny any suggestion made by Mayor (Dawn) Zimmer that there was ever any condition on the release of Sandy funds by me,” Guadagno said, reports USA Today.

The New York Daily News reports that Zimmer gave her diary to the U.S. attorney’s office, which is now investigating the GWB scandal.

“She pulls me aside with no one else around and says that I need to move forward with the Rockefeller project. It is very important to the gov,” Zimmer wrote about a meeting with Guadagno in May in a supermarket parking lot. “The word is that you are against it and you need to move forward or we are not going to be able to help you.”

Christie was in Florida this weekend before he is sworn in for another term as New Jersey Governor on Tuesday. Yahoo News has just published an interview with christie, in which he says he will learn from the bridge scandal.

The scandal broke earlier this month and Christie has denied any involvement. It was allegedly politically motivated by a member of his staff, who wanted to get back at the Fort Lee mayor for not supporting Christie for re-election.

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