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TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie helped channel $6 million in federal Sandy recovery dollars to a project conceived years before the storm struck, in an Essex County town that was not particularly hard hit.


The development is an $18 million senior center and housing complex in Belleville called Franklin Manor. One third of the cost — $6 million — is being paid for by a $1.8 billion pot of federally funded Community Development Block Grants to help the state recover from Sandy.


The project, which had been in the works for years, was jump-started in the spring. In late April, Belleville Mayor Raymond Kimble had a breakfast meeting with Christie and Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo at McLoone’s Boathouse in West Orange. It was the same restaurant where the two men, along with many other Essex County Democrats, would endorse Christie on June 11.

On May 1, when The Star-Ledger asked about the breakfast meeting, Kimble said he planned to endorse Christie and "I think the governor is going to help the town of Belleville with certain projects we need."

The hits just keep coming to the corrupt governor of New Jersey. Normally, I'd worry that the mushrooming of scandals might distract from the original "Bridgegate" one, which by itself seems enough to topple Christie's administration. But this latest example only corroborates a pattern of disgusting pay-to-play politics in The Garden State under Christie.

He needs to resign yesterday, IMO.

Originally posted to Animal Nuz on Tue Jan 28, 2014 at 02:19 PM PST.

Also republished by Christie Investigations.

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