NJ mayor: Sandy aid ultimatum came from Christie

By Angela Delli Santi, Associated P 8:53am, January 20, 2014 - Updated 9:29am, January 20, 2014
The Democratic mayor of a town severely flooded by Superstorm Sandy says she was told an ultimatum tying storm recovery funds to her support for a real estate project came directly from Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

A Christie spokesman calls the allegation "categorically false."

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that the message pushing a Rockefeller Group commercial development was delivered by Christie's lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno.

She said Guadagno told her that moving forward on the project "was a direct message from the governor."

On Saturday, Zimmer said Guadagno and another administration official told her recovery funds would flow if she expedited the project.

Christie spokesman Colin Reed says the administration helped Zimmer secure aid after the storm flooded the Hudson River town.

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