New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno denies Zimmer's allegations
Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer has taken her allegation
that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration had linked Sandy relief aid to approval of a real estate project to the U.S. Attorney's office
Zimmer said she met for hours this afternoon with staff from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark, providing a copy of her daily journal and other documents. Zimmer, who leveled the bombshell allegation on Saturday, said the meeting was requested by prosecutors.
On Saturday, Zimmer said that last May, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno had told her that if she wanted Hoboken to get the Sandy relief aid that she had requested, she would need to approve a real estate project that Gov. Chris Christie wanted to see approved. According to Zimmer, Guadagno said her message was from Christie himself.
Guadagno, meanwhile, is denying Zimmer's allegation:
"Mayor Zimmer's version of our conversation in May of 2013 is not only false but is illogical and does not withstand scrutiny when all of the facts are examined. Any suggestion that Sandy funds were tied to the approval of any project in New Jersey is completely false," she said at a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday service project in Union Beach.
Note that Guadagno didn't deny that she had a conversation with Zimmer, and while she did reject Zimmer's characterization of the conversation, she didn't offer her own version of what transpired.