Zimmer claims she was pressured into approving a development project along the Jersey Shore. She claims that if she didn’t approve the local development deal, she would have lost funding for the Superstorm Sandy recovery from the state.
Zimmer, a Democrat, had a meeting with representatives from the United States Attorney’s Office on Sunday. During the meeting, she revealed her journal, as well as other materials. Those materials support Zimmer’s claim that Guadagno told her to either support the development deal of possibly lose Sandy recovery assistance.
Guadagno adamantly denies the allegations against her and says she’s very surprised by Zimmer’s comments. She went on to say that she thought they were friend and had a great relationship.
Guadagno said that any suggestion that Sandy funds were tied to the approval of any project in New Jersey is completely false. She said that being a Sandy victim herself makes Zimmer’s allegations particularly offensive to her. She concluded, “The suggestion that anyone would hold back Sandy relief funds for any reason is wholly and completely false.”
Zimmer’s response to Guadagno’s response to Guadagno’s response to the accusations was that she is disappointed that the Lieutenant Governor denied linking Hoboken’s application for Sandy hazard mitigation funding with expediting a private development project. She said that she stands by her word, reaming willing to testify under oath, and will continue to answer any questions asked of her by the United States Attorney’s office.
Zimmer insists she was told to by Guadagno that she needed to move forward with the Rockefeller project as the project was really important to the governor – Chris Christie. Of the Rockefeller project support, Guadagno told Zimmer that “This was a direct message from the governor.”
The Rockefeller project in Hoboken is a three-block area. Hoboken is a city that lies low along the shore with a population of some 50,000 persons. Sandy caused tremendous devastation to the city. Among other things, Zimmer has applied for $100 million in grants to cover a flood mitigation plan.
Zimmer’s reason for not coming forward with her allegations sooner is that she feared her story would not be believed.