New Christie allegation

Did a top aide to the New Jersey governor tie Hurricane Sandy relief funds to the approval of a development proposal in the city of Hoboken?

Federal prosecutors are investigating allegations by the mayor of Hoboken that a top aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie threatened to withhold Hurricane Sandy relief funds unless she withdrew her opposition to a politically connected development proposal in her city. Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer accused Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno of delivering the threat. Zimmer met with the U.S. attorney investigating Christie’s use of Sandy funds, turning over a personal diary to corroborate her charge. Guadagno strongly denied Zimmer’s allegation.

Meanwhile, the New Jersey Assembly and Senate merged their inquiries into the George Washington Bridge lane closings orchestrated by Christie officials for political payback. Christie hired pit-bull defense attorney Randy Mastro to conduct an “internal review,” and handle the state and federal investigations.

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