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Chris Christie’s deputy denies collusion with developer

Guadagno is accused of withholding Sandy aid to pressure Hoboken mayor into allowing project
January 20, 2014 05:20PM

New Jersey’s lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno, denied she withheld hurricane aid to Hoboken, N.J., to pressure Mayor Dawn Zimmer to approve a commercial redevelopment by a firm connected to her boss at a press conference in the Garden State today.

Zimmer accused Guadagno, second in command to embattled Governor Chris Christie, and a top community development official of denying her the funds she needed to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy because she wouldn’t sign off on a three-acre project proposed by Manhattan-based developer the Rockefeller Group in Hoboken.

The Rockefeller Group, an owner and developer that counts Rockefeller Center among its properties, owns three blocks of prime Hoboken property it is looking to develop, Fox News said. Guadagno supposedly suggested funds would “flow,” to Hoboken, if and when the Rockefeller project moved forward, in a May conversation with Zimmer. A Rockefeller spokesperson denied any knowledge of the alleged conversation between Zimmer and Guadagno to Fox News.

“Mayor Zimmer’s version of our conversation in May of 2013 is not only false but is illogical and does not withstand scrutiny when all of the facts are examined,” Guadagno said at a press conference today, Fox News reported. “Any suggestion that Sandy funds were tied to the approval of any project in New Jersey is completely false.”

The Rockefeller Group employed Governor Christie’s former cabinet officer Lori Grifa as a lobbyist, as well as his Port Authority Chairman appointee David Sampson as the group’s general counsel, Fox News said. Christie denies the allegations. [Fox News] — Angela Hunt

  • Cyrus Weinstein

    It doesn’t matter who is the one who is actually lying. The damage is done. It’s over. Chris Christie will never be President – he should just give it up and not take one more dollar from anyone who wants to contribute to his Presidential campaign. If you don’t believe me, then believe Lester Aldrich – an 88 year old blogger from Michigan who is never wrong about such things…

    • David

      Christie is a classic Libtard who bows at the alter of the Kenyan. No loss for conservatives. He should go back on Letterman and eat a meatball parm sandwich. All the Libtards will love this.

      • Matilda

        While we all respect your right to your opinion (this is America, after all) it would be less insulting to those of us with half a brain if you actually said something quasi intelligent. This “libtard, meatball parm” rant is just silly.

  • DomingaRomito

    Christie is denies the Report of Collusion with Developer .

  • DTrump

    The Rockefeller Group does not own Rockefeller Center. Tishman Speyer does.

  • SmallGovernment

    This is just another example of why we need small government – on the federal, state, and local levels. There is no reason that the federal government should be spending tax dollars to bail out states who have been hit by bad weather. It’s just another form of moral hazard. If states know that the Fed will bail them out then why save for a rainy day? Instead, they just make a whole bunch of promises that they can’t keep and then when something unexpected happens they stand their with their hat in their hand. This type of corruption ceases to occur when you scale back government and let people keep the money that they earn.