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Mayor: Christie aides tied Sandy funds to project

FILE - In this Saturday Aug. 8 2009 file photograph Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer speaks medias she stands near HudsRiver

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009 file photograph, Hoboken Mayor, Dawn Zimmer speaks to the media as she stands near the Hudson River in Hoboken, N.J. Zimmer, 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. MSNBC first reported her comments Saturday. (AP Photo/Mel Evans,file)

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie’s administration is denying a New Jersey mayor’s claims it withheld millions of dollars in Superstorm Sandy recovery grants because she refused to sign off on a politically connected development.

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer tells The Associated Press that Christie’s lieutenant governor and a top community development official told her recovery funds would flow if the commercial development went forward.

Zimmer says Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (gwah-DON-yo) pulled her aside at a May event and told her “we are not going to be able to help you” unless the project moves forward.

Christie spokesman Colin Reed said the administration has been helping Hoboken secure assistance since Sandy struck, and that the governor and mayor have historically enjoyed a productive relationship.

Christie is embroiled in another scandal involving traffic jams apparently manufactured to settle a political score.

MSNBC first reported Zimmer’s comments Saturday.



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