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  •  The crony? (5+ / 0-)

    There is a deep backstory.

    19 parcels of land in Hoboken. Hoboken doesn't have the money to do a study on how the land should be developed.

    Port Authority finds company with the money, Rockerfeller Group. Study is done and only 3 parcels owned by Rockerfeller Group are worthy of development. Some people sue saying what about the other 16 parcels?

    Pressure put on Hoboken mayor to allow development of 3 parcels in exchange for releasing Sandy money.

    That is the short background and I might have a few things mixed up. But definitely those 3 parcels are related to Christie somehow.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. - Elbert Hubbard -9.62/-8.15

    by GustavMahler on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 03:42:44 PM PST

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    •  You mixed it up a little (12+ / 0-)

      19 city blocks of land in north Hoboken, ripe for enormously expensive development. 3 blocks of the area is owned by the Rockefeller Group, whose law firm is  Wolff and Samson.  If the parcel is developed, Wolff and Samson stand to make a lot of money

      Hoboken wanted to do a development study of the 19 blocks but didn't have the money. Gov's office said, hey, we'll find someone with the money, as long as you let them choose the people who do the study. Hoboken says OK. Gov's office finds... the Port Authority.

      By the time the study is released, Christie crony David Samson (of Wolff and Samson) is the ED of the Port Authority. Also, the person from the gov's office who offered to find the money for the study now works at Wolff and Samson.

      Amazingly, the study by the Port Authority's hand-picked group, paid for by the Port Authority, discovers that Wolff and Samson's client's 3 blocks are eligible for all sorts of lucrative development benefits!  The rest of the 19 blocks turn out not to be eligible for those goodies.

    •  Three parcels are owned by the Rockefeller Group. (5+ / 0-)

      The Rockefeller Group ponied up the money for a redevelopment potential study.  String attached:  the Rockefeller Group got to pick who did the study.  The study was done by a reputable firm but, amazingly enough, they said that of the 19 lots in the area only the three owned by the Rockefeller Group were appropriate for the redevelopment tag.  The remaining 16 were designated for rehabilitation.

      Those lots could be developed or redeveloped but just not with the sweeteners that come from an official "redevelopment area" designation.  The lawyer for the Rockefeller Group is David Samson (aka Chairman of the Port Authority).  

      The authorizing municipal group did not vote in favour of the three lots only getting the redevelopment designation.  All 19 lots were designated rehabilitation area(s).  

      We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. B. Franklin

      by Observerinvancouver on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 04:22:48 PM PST

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