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Steve Kornacki has an amazing piece on his MSNBC show today:

Christie camp held Sandy relief money hostage, mayor alleges

Two senior members of Gov. Chris Christie’s administration warned a New Jersey mayor earlier this year that her town would be starved of hurricane relief money unless she approved a lucrative redevelopment plan favored by the governor, according to the mayor and emails and personal notes she shared with msnbc.

The mayor, Dawn Zimmer, hasn’t approved the project, but she did request $127 million in hurricane relief for her city of Hoboken – 80% of which was underwater after Sandy hit in October 2012. What she got was $142,000 to defray the cost of a single back-up generator plus an additional $200,000 in recovery grants.

In an exclusive interview, Zimmer broke her silence and named Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Richard Constable, Christie’s community affairs commissioner, as the two officials who delivered messages on behalf of a governor she had long supported.

“It’s not fair for the governor to hold Sandy funds hostage for the city of Hoboken” because he wants support for one private developer, she said Saturday on UP w/ Steve Kornacki.

Constable and Christie – through spokespersons – deny Zimmer’s claims.

to recall Hoboken, which was UNDERWATER during Sandy, asked for $100M relief funds; Christie's team gave city $300k;
Reaction is that this is a different and new piece with potential ramifications.
Wow, the investigations into Chris Christie just got a lot more serious this morning:
Bad news when an ally breaks silence to say you withheld disaster relief to extort support for a private development
Devastating @msnbc  Kornacki piece re Christie withholding Sandy relief from Hoboken mayor to help cronies.
After disasters we take care of our own. Wrong that white and wealthy areas (Katrina) or politically connected areas (#Sandy) take priority.
@sfpelosi isolated incident? what about mayors who got funding? what did they do for it? what will people say under oath? Barn door is open.
Some of this is politics as usual, i.e., money+real estate=politics, same as in Fort Lee. But involving Sandy money, the thing that made Christie a national figure, is a big deal indeed.
Christie's office doubling down and saying Mayor Zimmer's allegations are "outlandishly false." This is going to get so so ugly.
Also note that most stories about Christie weathering the storm mention "unless the other shoe drops". Note that nothing yet ties directly to Christie. OTOH, the bipartisan, "different politician" schtick is gone forever. And/but this feels like the other shoe.

Whether it's subpoenas (which will take a while) or reporting (both on the story, any new allegations or simply political reaction) —more to come, assuredly.

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