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Hoboken Sandy Funding Accusations More Serious Than 'Bridgegate,' Experts Say

'Sandy is an issue of criminal bribery,' lawyer says in NJ Spotlight report.

Gov. Chris Christie (Photo: Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
Gov. Chris Christie (Photo: Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
By Mark J. Magyar (NJ Spotlight)

With subpoenaed documents trickling in to investigators and a third Christie appointee taking the Fifth Amendment, legal experts are debating which charges Christie appointees are likely to face, how evidence of a coverup could bolster a corruption prosecution, and whether a RICO conspiracy charge could be used to tie together the alleged Christie administration scandals.

From a legal standpoint, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s allegation that Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno transmitted a threat from Gov. Chris Christie to withhold Sandy aid from her city unless she pushed through a high-rise development represented by the law firm of David Samson, the governor’s former campaign counsel and current Port Authority chairman, is more serious than the Bridgegate allegations.

“The Bridgegate allegations could potentially be prosecuted under state law as official misconduct, but there are still a lot of dots to be connected for there to be serious liability under federal law,” said Christopher Adams, a Colts Neck lawyer who serves as vice president of the Criminal Defense Lawyers Association of New Jersey. “The Hoboken allegations are more serious. You heard nothing from the U.S. Attorney’s Office until Hoboken happened."

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Larry Dell February 07, 2014 at 09:11 AM
Christie is a horror show. He will go down in history as one of the most venal, corrupt politicians in American history. He reminds me of candidate played by Martin Sheen in "The Dead Zone."
Martin February 07, 2014 at 02:06 PM
Know anyone with a house in a flood zone? It could be you, because FEMA is expanding zones to get more customers to pay for its bail-out! Crooks at the state level just make it worse. ----------------- Now is your chance to speak up! --- The post-Sandy fiasco is just as bad as the post-Katrina fiasco. Tens of thousands of people still have damaged homes 15 months later, thanks to FEMA and insurance companies doing whatever they want with the money we've paid all these years (and giving 10 cents on the dollar to those in dire need).......................... Voice your opinion for 3 minutes (keep it clean!) at one of next week's public hearings ------- NY, PA & NJ news media will be there -------- Tues. 2/11 at Stockton College (Atlantic County), Wed. 2/12 at NJIT (Hudson County) or Thurs. 2/13 at Brookdale College (Monmouth County). ................... Please sign up in advance to speak: http://bit.ly/SandyPublicHearings
Daniel Kurz February 08, 2014 at 12:54 AM
Windrunner February 08, 2014 at 01:17 AM
No. This is serious. Christie has laid out an entire future platform based on Sandy. Stood on the beach commiserating with the disaster struck on camera. To find out it was nothing but a political game on his agenda, that's all she wrote, folks.
Mortimer Snerd February 10, 2014 at 08:27 AM
Christie, as usual, will be out of state for Repub. fund-raisers Tuesday. He won't be at the public hearing on Sandy recovery fund distribution at Stockton College that afternoon, and probably not at Wednesday's hearing at NJIT or Thursday's at Brookdale College in Monmouth County. Once again, thanks for nothing. Now we know what's more important than thousands of NJ residents waiting for help 15 months after the storm -- many still not back in their damaged houses.You can't be bothered answering questions about the mismanagement and/or deliberate diversion of taxpayers' dollars to political cronies.


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