Christie's Lt. Gov: I Didn't Threaten Mayor

Dawn Zimmer meets with feds over claim: report
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 20, 2014 10:06 AM CST
New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, center.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(Newser) – New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno has "wholeheartedly" denied a mayor's claim that Chris Christie's team demanded a quid pro quo to release Sandy relief funds, CNN reports. Hoboken Mayor Dawn 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 today.

"Hoboken has in no way trailed similarly situated communities in the receipt of rebuilding funds," state officials say, per the New York Times. In fact, they argue, the city has actually received far more than some others. The Times notes that it's difficult to tell exactly how money was distributed because the system is so complicated. Meanwhile, Zimmer is adding to her accusation, the AP reports. She told CNN's State of the Union yesterday that Guadagno called the alleged threat "a direct message from the governor." Yesterday afternoon, Zimmer says, she met with prosecutors from the US attorney's office in Newark as they investigate her claims, the Times reports. (Read more Kim Guadagno stories.)

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