Chris Christie's Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno sharply denies retribution claim

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New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno looks on as Gov. Chris Christie speaks on June 4, 2013.



UNION BEACH, N.J. (Asbury Park Press) -- Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno denied allegations by the Hoboken mayor that Guadagno, at the direction of Gov. Chris Christie, pushed a development project in the Hudson County city by holding Superstorm Sandy aid hostage.

Guadagno, at a pre-planned appearance in Union Beach, addressed Dawn Zimmer's weekend comments.

"Mayor Zimmer's version of our conversation is not only false but illogical and does not withstand scrutiny when all of the facts are examined," Guadagno said.

Zimmer, a Democrat, said during several television interviews on Saturday and Sunday that the lieutenant governor told her Sandy money would begin to flow to Hoboken once a project pitched by David Samson's law firm was approved.

Christie, a Republican, appointed and named Samson board chairman at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the George Washington Bridge. Zimmer said Guadagno told her that the development project was very important to Christie.

Guadagno said the allegation was offensive.

"I thought I had a good relationship with the mayor of Hoboken," said Guadagno, who declined to take any questions.

Zimmer claimed Guadagno and Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable III both told her she would have to go along with a private development project the governor wanted in order for her city to receive Superstorm Sandy relief money.

Over the weekend, Christie's office and a Department of Community Affairs spokeswoman also denied the claims.

Democrats plan to morph the Bridgegate investigation into also looking at the claims.

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