UNION BEACH – During a photo opportunity this morning, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno denied allegations that she gave Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer an ultimatum about Hurricane Sandy recovery funding.
“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. Any suggestion that Sandy funds were tied to the approval of any project in New Jersey is completely false,” Guadagno said at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day service project in Union Beach, according to a CNN report.
During a Saturday appearance on MSNBC’s Up With Steve Kornacki, Zimmer said that last May, both Guadagno and state Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable applied pressure on the mayor to approve the Rockefeller Development project after the city Planning Board rejected the proposed plan.
“She pulled me aside and said, ‘I know this is not right, I know they should not be connected but they are,’” Zimmer told Kornacki.
Lisa M. Ryan, a spokesperson for Constable, released this statement Saturday: “Mayor Zimmer’s allegation that on May 16, 2013, Commissioner Constable conditioned Hoboken’s receipt of Sandy aid on her moving forward with a development project is categorically false.”
Zimmer released a statement today saying she was “genuinely disappointed” that Guadagno “lived up to her promise that she would deny linking Hoboken’s application for Sandy hazard mitigation funding with expediting a private development project.”
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