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Hoboken Residents Differ On Mayor's Allegations Against Christie Administration

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Hoboken residents on Sunday were reflecting on the surprising revelations from their Mayor, Dawn Zimmer, who accused members of the Christie Administration of pressuring her to sign off on a redevelopment deal in exchange for Sandy aid.

Nirav Patel, 37, was walking his dog along the Hoboken riverfront, close to the site in the northern end of the city, where a private developer wants to build a 40-story office tower. Patel said he found the timing of the mayor's allegations suspicious, in the wake of the Fort Lee lane closure scandal.

“I like Christie,” he said. “I like Mayor Zimmer. But it’s just interesting, the timing when all this happened. If she’s waiting for money, she should have said something earlier.”

Other residents, like Susan Powell, 59, said they believed Mayor Zimmer and were disappointed with the Christie administration’s alleged actions.

“It’s unconscionable to hold up funds for Sandy relief,” she said. “It’s terribly unfair.”

A spokesman for the Christie Administration vehemently denied Zimmer's allegations and said the Governor has helped Hoboken get the aid it needed after Sandy. He said the city has received much more aid than Zimmer has acknowledged. He also said Hoboken will get more assistance when the federal government approves the next round of funding.

UPDATE: Mayor Zimmer issued the following statement after meeting with the U.S. Attorney’s office in Newark, New Jersey on Sunday:

“This afternoon I met with the U.S. Attorney’s office for several hours at their request and provided them with my journal and other documents. 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.”

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Julianne Welby

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Comments [6]

H. W. Von LETKEMANN from Scarsdale (today Buenos Aires)

I appreciate your covering news, but I expect news from NPR to be impartial
and avoid dwelling on partially-developed stories, like you are with Governor Christie and the Fort Lee debacle. I do not recall your headlines when it became apparent that the president HAD to know that millions would lose the health care plans they liked, but the Wall Street Journal covered it quite well. I would be interested to know if you even mentioned it. When you cover political news it would be best for you not to spectulate on investigations not completed, and make your email headlines sound like a adventure. Just the facts, please. They can be bad enough.

Jan. 20 2014 04:57 PM
patrick hoy

Mayor Zimmer has stated that she is willing to take a lie detector test. Is the governor willing to make that same offer? Homey don't think so!

Jan. 20 2014 04:49 PM
A. K. from Morristown, New Jersey

The media needs to be extremely cautious in their reporting on Gov. Christie related issues,
as Bridge Gate takes on a "jump on the band wagon" / "witch hunt" atmosphere.
To the media-- cable, on line, radio and print, vet your multiple sources responsibly. That is your job, then inform the public.

Jan. 20 2014 11:33 AM
Paul Simons from Ohiladelphia

Mayor Zimmer had to know the kind of backlash she'd get from the governor's spin machine. She had the guts to put herself in their sights for the good of her constituents. I wish more people in general, not just those holding political office, were like her.

Jan. 20 2014 10:28 AM
Eric

Is the above what one would call news? You interviewed two people who had uniformed opinions? It may be that noise like this is drowning out any ability of readers to find out what is really happening

Jan. 20 2014 09:38 AM
RK from Central Jersey

Am I missing something? The title reads as "Hoboken Residents differ on...", but as I read the story, 2 people were interviewed?

Jan. 20 2014 09:38 AM

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