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I'll ask it again. Is there ANYTHING Christie did that WASN'T corrupt? Now there are a lot more people to be subpoenaed about his shameless abuses of power, bullying and corruption.

 

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HOBOKEN — Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer was told by top officials in Gov. Chris Christie’s administration that she would get funds to help her city recover from Hurricane Sandy only if she expedited a politically-connected development project, Zimmer said today.

 

Zimmer, a Democrat who has long been an ally of Christie, made the explosive accusation this morning on national television, telling MSNBC host Steve Kornacki that she was pressured by Lieutenant Gov. Kim Guadagno, Richard Constable, the current commissioner of community affairs, and Lori Grifa, the former commissioner.

 

Christie's administration denies the accusations.

 

Guadagno, Zimmer said, pulled her aside during an event in Hoboken in May and made the connection explicit. Zimmer recalled the interaction in her diary, which was quoted on the show:

 

She pulls me aside and says that I need to move forward with the Rockefeller project. It’s very important to the governor. The word is that you are against it and you need to move forward or we are not going to be able to help you. I know it’s not right. These things should not be connected. But they are, she says. ‘If you tell anyone I said it, I will deny it.’”

 

The bombshell accusations are the latest damaging development for Gov. Chris Christie’s administration, which is racked by scandal over the politically-motivated toll lane closures at the George Washington Bridge.

 

At issue is one of Hoboken’s last undeveloped patches – a 19 block area in the north end of town. Grifa, Zimmer told Kornacki, helped Hoboken up with a $75,000 grant through the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to fund a study on its development when she was commissioner in 2010.

 

But Zimmer said she was baffled that when the study came out in January 2013, it only recommended developing 3 of the 19 blocks that were owned by the Rockefeller Group. Under the plan, just those three blocks would have been eligible for tax breaks and other development incentives.

 

The Rockefeller Group was represented by Wolff & Samson, according to Kornacki – the law firm of Port Authority Chairman David Samson. And Grifa, after stepping down as commissioner in 2011, took at job at the firm that included lobbying for the developer.

 

Zimmer, however, did not support those development plans despite pressure from Grifa. Grifa once tried to set up a conference call with the city's planning attorney and Samson to push for the development, according to emails Zimmer provided. And Hoboken’s planning board in April voted against designating those three blocks for development, preferring to develop all 19 instead.

 

At the same time, the Christie administration was distributing Hurricane Sandy recovery funds. Hoboken had been devastated by the storm. Almost 80 percent had been flooded. There was more than $100 million in property damage, according to Zimmer's office.

 

But even though Zimmer requested more than $100 million from Christie, she received only $342,000.

 

In May, Zimmer again took to her diary to recount an event she participated in with Constable.

 

“We are miked up with other panelists all around us, and probably the sound team is listening, and he says ‘I hear you’re against the Rockefeller project… If you move that forward, the money would start flowing to you.”

 

Zimmer also wrote that she was “emotional” about Christie because ‘“This week I found out he’s cut from the same corrupt cloth that I have been fighting for the last four years.”

 

Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak called Zimmer’s claims “outlandish” in a statement to MSNBC. “What or who is asking her to say such outlandish things is anyone’s guess,” he wrote.

 

Constable also denied Zimmer’s accusations, telling the show “I doubt Mayor Zimmer would say such a thing because that statement is categorically false.”

 

Zimmer said making the accusations was “one of the hardest things I’ve ever done,” but said it was “not fair for the governor to hold Sandy funds hostage for the city of Hoboken.”

 

“I cannot give a windfall to one property owner because the governor wants me to in exchange for Sandy funds,’ Zimmer said.

 

The Rockefeller Group also provided a statement to Kornacki in which they said they had no knowledge of the claims but “if it turns out to be true, it would be deplorable.”

 

 

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/01/hoboken_mayor_claims_christie_administration_held_citys_sandy_recovery_funds_hostage.html

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Telecom executive Donald H. Gips raised a big bundle of cash to help finance his friend Barack Obama’s run for the presidency.

Gips, a vice president of Colorado-based Level 3 Communications LLC, delivered more than $500,000 in contributions for the Obama war chest, while two fellow senior company executives collected at least $150,000 more.

 

After the election, Gips was put in charge of hiring in the Obama White House, helping to place loyalists and fundraisers in many key positions. Then in mid-2009, the new president named him ambassador to South Africa. Level 3 Communications, in which Gips retained stock, meanwhile received millions of dollars of government stimulus contracts for broadband projects in six states—though Gips said he was "completely unaware" of the stimulus money.

 

http://www.publicintegrity.org/2011/06/15/4880/obama-rewards-big-bundlers-jobs-commissions-stimulus-money-government-contracts-and

 

 

 

 

 

 

politics.........yawn.....................

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benghazi you hypocritical who re...

 

alls you gotta do isabel is admit obama and hillary are culpable in benghazi and i will agree all three need to go to jail

ROTFLMFAO.

 

What's wrong, stoogie? Baffled that obediently chanting your Magic Word of Protection: "Benghazi! Benghazi! Benghazi!" isn't working to change reality the way your masters told you it would?

 

BOO HOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!

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ROTFLMFAO.

 

What's wrong, stoogie? Baffled that obediently chanting your Magic Word of Protection: "Benghazi! Benghazi! Benghazi!" isn't working to change reality the way your masters told you it would?

 

BOO HOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!

na...i have no expectations of any politician...you still whining about a traffic jam?

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na...i have no expectations of any politician...you still whining about a traffic jam?

Actually I'm laughing my ass off at the way that the way the latest Republican criminal scumbug you worship has been exposed for the POS he is, and at watching you con stooges desperately dance around sobbing, trying obediently to save him with your usual lies and bullshit.

 

How's that been working out for you so far?

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Actually I'm laughing my ass off at the way that the way the latest Republican criminal scumbug you worship has been exposed for the POS he is, and at watching you con stooges dance around sobbing, trying esperately to save him with your usual lies and bad word.

im a montanan douche bag....i could care less what happens in new jersey...and did he even declare he was running for president? i dont even know the answer to that because I DONT LIVE IN NEW JERSEY....i find it ironic that a traffic jam is all the rage with you commie whores considering the failure of obama care, benghazi, fast and furious, kenyan president, all that good stuff...fu ckin hypocrite

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im a montanan douche bag....i could care less what happens in new jersey...and did he even declare he was running for president? i dont even know the answer to that because I DONT LIVE IN NEW JERSEY....i find it ironic that a traffic jam is all the rage with you commie whores considering the failure of obama care, benghazi, fast and furious, kenyan president, all that good stuff...fu ckin hypocrite

LOL.

 

Hysterical much?

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LOL.

 

Hysterical much?

im not the one trying to crucify a guy because he is fat and causes lane closures...like it is national security issue or something......but anyway..im going home...love your show isabel ya dumb cu nt...hope to be back in a couple of weeks...we will pick up where we left off..with you licking my taint...

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im not the one trying to crucify a guy because he is fat and causes lane closures...like it is national security issue or something......but anyway..im going home...love your show isabel ya dumb cu nt...hope to be back in a couple of weeks...we will pick up where we left off..with you licking my taint...

 

Sounds like you need to be reminded of the kids stuck on the bus, in traffic...and the 91 year old lady who died...DIED!!!!...because the ambulance couldn't get to her because of said traffic.

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im not the one trying to crucify a guy because he is fat and causes lane closures

Neither am I. You're the guy trying to defend a corrupt criminal scumbag who abused his power by blackmailing people using taxpayer money, and who was happy to starve out disaster survivors and put tens of thousands of people at physical risk to get money and power for himself. You suck at his ass day and night, because you don't care how evil he is. The only thing that matters to you is proving your eager subservience to the people you worship and serve, and you happily discard any pretense of honor, integrity or decency to do so.

 

...like it is national security issue or something......but anyway..im going home...love your show isabel ya dumb cu nt...hope to be back in a couple of weeks...we will pick up where we left off..with you licking my taint...

 

"Boo hoo hoo! You're MEAN! I HATE you! You're a POOPYHEAD! Waaaah!"

 

LOLOL.

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Neither am I. You're the guy trying to defend a corrupt criminal scumbag who abused his power by blackmailing people using taxpayer money, and who was happy to starve out disaster survivors and put tens of thousands of people at physical risk to get money and power for himself. You suck at his ass day and night, because you don't care how evil he is. The only thing that matters to you is proving your eager subservience to the people you worship and serve, and you happily discard any pretense of honor, integrity or decency to do so.

 

...like it is national security issue or something......but anyway..im going home...love your show isabel ya dumb cu nt...hope to be back in a couple of weeks...we will pick up where we left off..with you licking my taint...

 

"Boo hoo hoo! You're MEAN! I HATE you! You're a POOPYHEAD! Waaaah!"

 

LOLOL.

 

 

The lunatics don't come any bigger than Isabel.... :D

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Isabel,

What comes first?

They were corrupt before they became a Republicans?

Or because they became Republicans they are corrupt?

The Republican party is no longer a party with a different view on how best to run the country. It has become the party of corporate millionaires rigging the system for their own profit, and the country be damned. They are supported by the political and media whores who get rich doing their bidding, and, at the bottom, the psychologically weak and gullible idiots who care only for being told comforting lies.

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The Republican party is no longer a party with a different view on how best to run the country. It has become the party of corporate millionaires rigging the system for their own profit, and the country be damned. They are supported by the political and media whores who get rich doing their bidding, and, at the bottom, the psychologically weak and gullible idiots who care only for being told comforting lies.

Probably the reason the big banks and those who run them remain unpunished some six years into the Obama Administration. Hopefully Isabel during this next election season all Democrat candidates will refuse any and all corporate campaign donations. In this way, the Democrat party will finally live up to your altruistic expectations!

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Translation: everyone, look over there, quickly.

Poor baby biggie is really upset. He was told that if he screamed: "Benghazi!" at the top of his lungs about eight hundred times he could change the subject away from that corrupt POS Christie. He's simply furious that it's not working.

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Poor baby biggie is really upset. He was told that if he screamed: "Benghazi!" at the top of his lungs about eight hundred times he could change the subject away from that corrupt POS Christie. He's simply furious that it's not working.

 

 

Going to be fun watching Hillary self destruct in public...

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