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Hoboken Got Same Sandy Aid As Other NJ Towns

From the Associated Press:

Sandy aid to Hoboken on par with other NJ towns

By GEOFF MULVIHILL | January 25, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The city whose Democratic mayor said GOP Gov. Chris Christie’s administration tied Superstorm Sandy aid to her support for a real estate project has, so far, received a level of aid from state-run programs that is similar to what other towns got, a review of grant data shows.

The hell you say! Naturally, this news will get the same amount of coverage that the original charges against Christie got. — Just kidding. This story will get little or no attention. In fact, notice how the AP published it on a sleepy winter Saturday morning.

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer is no longer discussing her allegations that New Jersey’s second-largest city has been shortchanged on Sandy funds…

How convenient. Well, we certainly don’t expect her to substantiate her charges. Or to defend them when they are knocked down by an independent review. That wouldn’t be fair.

But her spokesman, Juan Melli, said the fact that Hoboken is about on par with other towns in getting a modest amount of aid from state-run programs doesn’t mean the city has received what it deserves, given the damage it suffered when Sandy flooded virtually the entire city…

In other words, they are moving the goalposts. Hoboken should have gotten more aid than the other towns that were hit by Sandy. But the evil Governor Christie wanted to punish them.

Since making the allegations and talking with the U.S. attorney’s office, [Zimmer] said she was told to stop speaking publicly about the matter…

Again, how convenient. Of course, the important thing was for her to get the charges out there. They don’t have to be substantiated. The appearance of wrong-doing is all that matters.

Hoboken has so far received two state grants from pools of state-controlled money, according to a review by The Associated Press. The state awarded $25 million for energy projects to help deal with outages; Hoboken received $142,080 — the same amount as 39 other recipients.

The state also provided money to communities hit by the storm to hire experts and come up with long-term recovery plans; Hoboken’s $200,000 grant was the fourth-highest allocation among the 35 local governments in the program…

Melli spoke to the AP on Wednesday. After being asked follow-up questions, he sent an email saying that officials in Zimmer’s office would not grant additional interviews…

After all, they have done all the damage they can. Why should they be required to back up their claims?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, January 27th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Hoboken Got Same Sandy Aid As Other NJ Towns”

    • canary

      GBJ, mmm. Her statements sure grew. Without realizing it, she admitted another Sandy pay out was on it’s way and she wanted to be sure and get some of it, that Insurance companies paid out extremely well in Hoboken, and her tweet began with “To be clear….” she was so happy Chris Christie was re-elected Governor.

      Plus those scribblings on that little pocket spiral did not say what she said they said and admitted some writings were filled in after the date had passed.


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