Hoboken, Sandy, Rockefeller & Christie

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The view of New York City from Hoboken's waterfront at sunset. (Sarah Gonzalez/WNYC)

The Christie administration is under federal investigation for linking Hoboken Sandy funds to a Rockefeller Group redevelopment deal. New York Times reporters, Charles Bagli and Patrick McGeehan, talk about new emails and trace the history of the deal and the conflicting accounts by Mayor Zimmer and the Christie administration.


Charles Bagli and Patrick McGeehan

Comments [21]

Dan from Greenpoint, BK

I'm late to the party on this Brian, but you were absolutely incredible for cutting off the insane caller invoking the name of that murdering sociopath. I hadn't had my coffee yet so I could barely believe what I was hearing.

You remain my favorite and most respected journalist for that instant, correct judgement on you part. I, too, have never heard you do that and clapped when you did it.

Thank you.

Jan. 30 2014 02:30 PM
Katherine from Brooklyn

Good for you, Brian, for cutting off that caller "from another planet." I've never heard you do that before but she deserved it.

Jan. 30 2014 11:15 AM

agree with Barb... the "comparison" caller revealed herself to be a total ding-dong.

Jan. 30 2014 11:09 AM

I'd like to correct the comment from the caller who said that Hoboken never used to flood, it's only recently. Residents have been complaining about the flooding on the west side of town since 1860. That area of town has always been lower than the rest of the town, and the land was always marshy and swampy. In the 19th C people walked on elevated boardwalks to get around back there. Visit the Hoboken Historical Museum to see photos - they are currently displaying an exhibit on hurricane Sandy that documents Hoboken's decades long problem.

Jan. 30 2014 10:55 AM

People who call in to explain how thoughtless development affects the lives of residents don't seem to understand that the developers and their political allies could not care less about them. In fact, the sooner we all move on and allow the developers to sell their wares to a more affluent clientele the better. The well-being of current residents is the last thing on anyone's mind.

Jan. 30 2014 10:54 AM

Drip drip drip.

Jan. 30 2014 10:48 AM
Cathy from Hoboken

I live in the building in the right foreground of the photo (View of Hoboken) you have posted on your website. I wanted to point out that that photo is outdated. There are 2 new high rise buildings now standing in the left back of the photo on the river that now block the view of the Empire State Building from the ground.

Jan. 30 2014 10:47 AM
Green from NYC

People of Hoboken, sounds like you're blessed with a caring and forward-thinking mayor. I lament what has been happening to Brooklyn - the systematic over development and strain on the public transportation system / sewage system.
I'm in awe and a little envious you have such a caring mayor.

Jan. 30 2014 10:47 AM
Barb from Manhattan but have been to Hoboken

It's nonsensical to suggest that Hoboken mayor Zimmer should have come forward 8 months ago, when she got the alleged threat. Duh, she was intimidated! That's what threats do, especially in the over-bearing, bullying atmosphere that is the Christie administration. Let's get real here.

Jan. 30 2014 10:47 AM
Adrienne from Inwood

The parcel of land that the Rockefeller Group owned was the only part designated a redevelopment zone, which comes with more tax advantages than the rest of the undeveloped land -- and that was based on a $75,000 study paid for by the Port Authority, which I believe hired or at least recommended that firm.

If there's a genuine in developing that part of town, why would just one piece of it --the one owned by the Rockefeller Group -- be designated for redevelopment (not rehabilitation, which isn't as tax advantageous to developers).

David Samson's connection--and self-interest--to all of this is troubling to say the least.

Jan. 30 2014 10:46 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Wow! Thanks Zimmer-hating-caller, for appropriately discrediting yourself.

Jan. 30 2014 10:46 AM
Bk from Hoboken

Sorry. Samson. Not Wildstein. Wrong Christie crony.

Jan. 30 2014 10:41 AM
Nick from UWS

You haven't "seen" that? "No sign of kickbacks that you have seen?" Does that mean they aren't happening? Do you really think they would do that in a way that you could see it?

Jan. 30 2014 10:41 AM


Jan. 30 2014 10:41 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Don't understand why Brian keeps asking "why a mayor wouldn't want development"...I mean, the guest said the mayor wanted a plan first, presumably for more efficient implementation and to guard against graft. Simple. Proper. Too rare...

Jan. 30 2014 10:41 AM
Cathy from Hoboken

I live one block from this proposed project. The city of Hoboken is overcrowded and reaching it's limits. THe infrastructure cannot support this. The roads around this area are clogged beyond belief and the public transportation to NYC via NJ TRANSIT bus is overcrowded and strained with long, long lines and delays every day. There is no parking for cars either The sewage system is constantly backing up and there are numerous water main breaks constantly. We've had massive development and the infrastructure is never upgraded to keep up with it.

Jan. 30 2014 10:39 AM
amalgam from NYC by day, NJ by night

@ hjs -

I know you - like I - have been railing against Christie from the beginning because of the foolhardy rejection of the ARC Tunnel and his admin.'s subsequent use of that funding for road repairs instead.

That one act materially hurt hundreds of thousands if not millions of people in terms of transportation efficiency and economic productivity losses.

Jan. 30 2014 10:39 AM
BK from Hoboken

Hoboken residents don't need construction jobs. We also don't need thousands of office workers driving into town every day when there are only a couple roads in and out and those are already a mess every day. Not sure why Brian thinks we "need" this. Yes that part of town is old industrial but we need an overall master plan fr that part of town instead of throwing up huge towers that will strangle that part of town.
Lastly, Brian asked why the governor was interested. From what I have read, his buddy Wildstein was the attorney for te Rockefeller Group.

Jan. 30 2014 10:38 AM
femma from NYC

It's a journal - not a diary....she's a Mayor not a "Lady Mayor."

Jan. 30 2014 10:33 AM

It's getting worse for Gov. Christie...

Jan. 30 2014 10:29 AM

First clue Chrissy planned to use Nj as his private fief in his rise : ARC tunnel

That's what happens when we reward bad behavior and slush fund thuggery

Jan. 30 2014 10:28 AM

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