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Hoboken Not Cut Out Of Sandy Money, Christie Administration Says

Head of Sandy disbursement agency details $70 million doled to Hoboken.

Gov. Chris Christie’s administration on Monday opened a second front to deflect the Hoboken mayor’s weekend accusation that the administration threatened to withhold Hurricane Sandy recovery money if a politically connected real estate deal was not fast-tracked.

Marc Ferzan, executive director of the governor’s Office of Recovery and Rebuilding, held a conference call with reporters Monday, saying that the City of Hoboken has received $70 million in Sandy-related recovery money.

“Hoboken has in no way trailed similarly situated communities in the receipt of rebuilding funds,” said Colin Reed, a Christie spokesman at the end of the call.

The 2 p.m. conference call follows Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno’s morning appearance in Union Beach where she denied Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s accusation that Guadagno threatened to withhold Sandy recovery money if the mayor did not support a real estate deal that interested Christie.

Guadagno told the Star-Ledger that Zimmer’s accusation "does not withstand scrutiny when all the facts are examined. Any suggestion that Sandy funds were tied to the approval of a project in New Jersey is completely false."

Ferzan said his office has received $14 billion in Sandy-related recovery requests throughout the state, with a pool of money to be distributed of between 17-20 billion.

“I can find no way that any community that’s getting the short end of the stick,’’ Ferzan said. “We’ve got very limited resources. “

For example, Ferzan said that Hoboken, a city of two square miles, has requested roughly $100 million in hazard mitigation money, or roughly one-third of the $300 million that is allocated for projects throughout the state in that program.

The state, Ferzan said, is also committed to working with Hoboken “on flood mitigation efforts as more resources become available.”

Ferzan said the Christie administration has had to prioritize which towns get what money and for which projects, but that his office worked in concert with numerous other state agencies to come up with a strategy that best suited the whole of the state.

“When we start with $14 billion in requests, you have to dole out funds in ways that is going to have meaningful impact in the state,” Ferzan said.

But the City of Hoboken was not left out of that, he said.

Ferzan said Hoboken has received:

  • Nearly $6.3 million in FEMA’s Individual Assistance program 
  • $43 million from FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program
  • $80 million from private insurance 
  • $8.5 million in Small Business Administration loans
  • Nearly 200 hundred Hoboken families been approved for resettlement grants
  • $46,000 for a Hoboken business from the state’s Economic Development Authority
  • $2 million in Federal Transit Administration grants
  • $142,000 in a state energy resilience grants
  • $200,000 in post-Sandy planning assistance grants 
Rainee January 20, 2014 at 07:44 PM
The Mayor of Hoboken looks like "Buddy" from that old show Family played by Kristy McNicholl....and acts nutty..that's what I think
jean deau January 20, 2014 at 08:33 PM
Hey Rainee, since you are an astute observer of looks, not character, how do you think Humpty Dumpty looks now. Particularly after the fact that his Jackie Gleasonlike escape/deflection/stall to Florida was a complete bust, not unlike his seams.
cassandra January 20, 2014 at 11:53 PM
Lots of hot air here. Just much was Hoboken supposed to get as its fair share, but did not get? If we knew that number we could evaluate whether or not Hoboken was shortchanged. The reporters at the NY Times say it is difficult to say. The legislative investigation needs to ask that question.
cassandra January 20, 2014 at 11:53 PM
Just how much
cassandra January 20, 2014 at 11:56 PM
The mayor should state how much we should have gotten but didn't. Was it $5000 or 1 million. Big difference.
pdq January 21, 2014 at 12:16 AM
In the new investigation, federal auditors will examine New Jersey's use of $25 million in Sandy relief funds for a marketing campaign to promote tourism at the Jersey Shore, New Jersey Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone told CNN Christie gave Hoboken "$200,000 in post-Sandy planning assistance grants "
pdq January 21, 2014 at 12:26 AM
http://nj.gov/comptroller/sandytransparency/contracts/sandy/ Check out the Samson contract. Where have I heard that name? Port Authority, Rockefeller group and now Ironically, contract services for auditing Sandy aid. Is that guy involved in everything? Seems he got just about as much aid as Hoboken.
Rainee January 21, 2014 at 01:21 AM
@jean deau..your a character!!
Clare Johnson January 21, 2014 at 06:21 AM
I'd write in my cat's name on any ballot before I'd vote for christie for anything, no offense to my cat. It's about time cc's character came to light. I wondered if this day would ever come.
jasco January 21, 2014 at 07:31 AM
What percentage of funds for Climate Change mitigation? That's the elephant in the room I'm watching, with tears in my eyes.
Al Beronio January 21, 2014 at 07:51 AM
I take great comfort from the posts on here today. Thank God someone is looking into this horrible issue of lane closures on a bridge and not wasting time wondering why we had an Ambassador and three other American citizens killed in Benghazi. Or why Conservative groups were targeted by our Government's IRS, or why a Border Agent was killed with Amercan supplied guns. Oh, that's right! I forgot! Our Pres. learned about all of this when we did.....he was clueless. And Hillary begs us to understand, "what difference does it make now?" Yep! Let's get back to the important stuff....taking Christie down any way we can so Madame Hillary has a clear path to the next phase of the dismantling of America.
Clay Thomas January 21, 2014 at 07:53 AM
And now Marc Ferzan, another Christie toadie, is implicated. It's a "House of Cards." Stay classy Gov. Numbnuts!
Ottmar Pak January 21, 2014 at 08:19 AM
Cassandra, the mayor of Hoboken asked for $127,000,000 in Sandy relief at the federal level which Christie decides how to spend. So far she received $142,000 to defray the cost of a generator and $200,000 in recovery grants.
Ottmar Pak January 21, 2014 at 08:21 AM
It certainly looks like real estate development projects in Hoboken and Fort Lee are at the heart of this. Follow the money.
PeoplePlease January 21, 2014 at 08:49 AM
The mayor is making it seem as if everyone is Hoboken is still living on rafts and with out power. She needs to realize that there are entire towns that have been decimated...not just a few basements and basement apartments. There is currently only $300 million for the projects she is crying about. Why 1/3 of that would go to Hoboken, when Hoboken has been dealing with flooding issues for at least 20 years, is anyone's guess? My joy is that the Mayor has exposed herself on a national level to what we know here at the local Hoboken level. City legal spending is up over 300% during the Zimmer administration. Why? Because this Mayor refuses to play the game. She refuses to compromise with those that do not see eye to eye with her, using the guise of "anti corruption", a ploy of her's that has cost the Hoboken tax payers and all residents dearly. Dawn Zimmer is a high horse riding puppet of a public servant. All she cares about is her and her small circle's well being. Rockefeller is just a name she can throw around while pretending to be the battered housewife.
Martin Rommer January 21, 2014 at 08:56 AM
If Christie was not a household name to every American before the Democrats began jumping over the sharks in the water tank, it most assuredly is now. You can just envision Christies political enemies thinking they finally have him on the ropes. I chuckle as I write this. The one mayor that should be quiet about anything should be Ms. Zimmer. You see, Hoboken is still considered an "Abbot District" and still recieves a bunch of State Aid for their schools but the question is WHY? The low income people moved out years ago and the average income in Hoboken is now (2011) $102,764 (in 2000 - $65,200). Compare that to Livingston (2011) $112,211 (in 2000 - $98,869. Time to cut Abbot Aid to Hoboken! They can afford to pay for their own schools. Sometimes shining a spotlight around exposes one to their shadows and this has now come to light.
Martin Rommer January 21, 2014 at 09:00 AM
Oh. And the guy with the obsession with "Numbnuts." Is that all you have on your mind? Nothing of importance or substance to add to the discussion? It's amazing how NAMECALLING is what those on the left do best. They are the tolerant and understanding bunch, yet are the vilest knuckleheads on the planet. Why just the nother day, one of the loons repeatedly called me a "retard" four or five times on another forum. I thought "retard" is a bad word now. We should never call people retards. Did the lefties get that memo? Just saying.
Jeff B January 21, 2014 at 09:19 AM
Thank you, Ottmar. Those are the numbers I remember as well and that result sounds like retribution to me. Also, Zimmer said she was willing to take a lie detector test. If she does and the Lieutenant Governor refuses, that would be interesting. Al Beronio, I share your view that this pales next to Obama and Hillary's "body of work" and understand exactly the Hillary motive behind this. But, if our standard is to be "who is the least crooked" gets to be President then this country is finished already.
Ottmar Pak January 21, 2014 at 09:37 AM
No need to bring the President into this discussion.
Eric January 21, 2014 at 10:51 AM
PeoplePlease, oh, play the game? You mean settling out of court and giving people a big payday? Screw that. If you're gonna sue, you go all in. If you make it easy for people to make a complaint for a payday, they'll line up around the block. You send the message, if you're going to sue the city, you're not going to get off easy, I would rather they pay the same amount to lawyers fighting for the city than paying out in settlements.
cassandra January 21, 2014 at 10:54 AM
The issue seems to be about the amount of funds received for storm mitigation - funds used to protect from future storms. I would like to see the size of this fund, how much was dispersed and of the money dispersed how much each town got. Seems staight forward enough. One would think the investigative reporters would have dug this info out. Perhaps PATCH could get this data. It has to be a matter of public record.
PeoplePlease January 21, 2014 at 11:04 AM
@Eric - only problem is..Hoboken is losing more than they are winning. Guess who pays the legal fee's for those that are winning...Hoboken (the loser). Zimmer is a baby face swept into office on the backs of other corrupt democrats - exposed by Christie. She is clearly outclassed and in over her head - which is not her fault.
PeoplePlease January 21, 2014 at 11:05 AM
And you know what, I dont blame the Dems either. It's payback for what the Repubs did to the Clinton's back in 90-91
Ottmar Pak January 21, 2014 at 11:52 AM
If you believe that Zimmer is fabricating her story for political gain, I have a bridge over-run with traffic cones to sell you. What exactly does she have to gain, compared to going to prison and leaving her husband and two kids behind?
QJ201 January 21, 2014 at 12:46 PM
So if Hoboken stays in the news will HOBOKEN Patch get its own editor again? No Hoboken posts of note for weeks, then all of a sudden Patch discovers Hoboken again.
Bong Sativa January 21, 2014 at 01:16 PM
Chris Christie will never get what's coming to him as he appears to be too fat to execute properly. Maybe a more suitable punishment would be to put him in a large cage & let schoolchildren poke him with a pointy stick. I'm sure that there would be enough teachers willing to schedule daily field trips to make sure that there would always be a long line to do so ! Suicide is another option although he'd probably delegate this to his subordinates so if he lives he can deny knowing anything about it. Is he morbidly obese or obesely morbid ? Only time will tell ... LMFAO !!!!!!!!!
Brash Brazen January 21, 2014 at 01:30 PM
It's going to take a lot of tar & feathers to cover him & a stout rail to run him out of town. Who knew that the GWB was the bridge to nowhere,because like Chris Christie's political aspirations it ends abruptly in New Jersey. My father used to say that the three things he hated most were warm beer,wet toilet paper & a smart ass. If my father were still living I'm sure he'd make room for Christie on his list,but that would be redundant. Hey Hey Ho Ho Governor Christie has to go !!!!!
Sybilscavetroll January 21, 2014 at 01:51 PM
What ever happened to real journalism? This article is a complete distortion of the truth. Hoboken has not received the funds it was promised!!!! The list of funding at the end is totally misleading. And it is shameful that Patch would just repeat Christie's claims without even the most minimal investigation. WHy would you even attempt to include private insurance claims in state emergency funding? You are once again revealing the heavy pro-Christie bias, that permeates your coverage of this important story. Mayor Zimmer has put her ass on the line. She has risked everything and stood up for her community. I think she deserves way more respect than have shown her. Come on Patch, you have an opportunity here to serve the community. But instead you are nothing more than presstitutes, who are obedient repeaters of the same old pro Christie propaganda.
Summer Hemphill January 21, 2014 at 05:13 PM
Christie has bigger problems than his political career,if any of this leads back to any of his filthy rich benefactors he may be harder to find than Jimmy Hoffa !!!
Pops January 21, 2014 at 09:12 PM
"Experts: Enough Evidence to Pursue Hoboken Mayor's Charges Against Christie Administration" http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/01/legal_experts_says_federal.html

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