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What We Know About That Hoboken Development Deal

Thursday, January 23, 2014

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

Mayor Dawn Zimmer alleges that Sandy funding was tied to a development deal in Hoboken. Caren Matzner, editor at the Hoboken Reporter, discusses the history of the Rockefeller project. Then Steve Kornacki, MSNBC host and Salon writer, discusses his reporting on the Zimmer allegations and the growing Chris Christie scandals.

Guests:

Steve Kornacki and Caren Matzner

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Comments [7]

art525 from Park Slope

Dear RUCB- I believe MSNBC is pursuing what was very clearly a "vendetta" against the mayor of Ft Lee, and a "vendetta" against the mayor of Hoboken, a "vendetta" against the mayor of Jersey City and a "vendetta" even against former Olympian Carl Lewis. It is obvious to anyone who looks at everything CHristie has done with an objective eye that the guy is a corrupt thug. MSNBC is just getting the word out.

Jan. 23 2014 02:07 PM
Melissa from Hoboken

if you listen to the segment, take the words of caller "Hugh" with a grain of salt. As a taxpaying resident of Hoboken, I'm happy the mayor is using eminent domain to create a park, and doing so at the lowest possible expense to the city. The owner of the property is simply trying to squeeze as much money out of the city as possible. Whether the previous owners paid taxes on a higher value over the years is immaterial. Property values fluctuate, so the value at the time of the transaction is what matters. If the owner of the property is not happy with the offered compensation, let him seek redress in court. I only hope the court is fair. Property should not be treated as a guaranteed profit-generating investment -- sometimes, people lose money. In the big picture, the land was underutilized for a long time and that area of town desperately needs recreation space, and a lot of people believe this is an appropriate use of eminent domain. The less we the people pay, the better.

Jan. 23 2014 11:30 AM
John from The Congested Side of the GWB

What I'm concerned with this why the media totally missed all of this, both Bridgegate and this development project, when Barbara Buono mentioned it in the second Gubernatorial debates. Please go back and watch them. She said it, in plain daylight. Not one bit of follow-up or reporting on it. Media wanted to focus on the fact that D's endorsed Christie, especially Joey D in Essex County. Oh yeah he is being investigated now.

Jan. 23 2014 11:14 AM
Keira from Manhattan

Generally speaking, one is not associated with a criminal act until one is caught committing one. And what is or is not "less serious" in the mind of a reporter is less pertinent than what is "serious" (ie., illegal in the eyes of the law). And history shows time and again that power corrupts and the downfall often comes from a seemingly trivial misuse of it.

Jan. 23 2014 11:09 AM

@b from bk

Lawrence O'Donnell interviewed this guy on 'The Last Word' some time last week.

Jan. 23 2014 11:09 AM

Why is MSNBC conducting a 'vendetta' against the governor?

Jan. 23 2014 11:00 AM
b from bk

why is no one talking about this story

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2539440/EXCLUSIVE-Prosecutor-sacked-bringing-case-against-Christie-cronies-reveals-ordeal-hands-New-Jersey-Governors-mafia.html

Jan. 23 2014 11:00 AM

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