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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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David Comora February 05, 2014 at 10:58 PM
And then there's chapter 3: http://newbrunswicktoday.com/article/breaking-powerful-developer-received-sandy-aid-has-no-experience-building-affordable-housing
BellairBerdan February 06, 2014 at 06:51 AM
Be patient people left homeless from Sandy. Political payouts have to come first out of the money the federal government destined for you.
News Man February 06, 2014 at 09:09 AM
Christie better off staying in Texas (raising money) for a while. NJ readers need a rest.
Sir February 06, 2014 at 10:41 AM
What a non story.
Anonomous February 06, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Does all this really matter? All this talk, reporting, investigations, subpoenaed documents, news talk shows, opinions of legal experts??? No one's going to jail. This is NJ. The Fort Lee alleged traffic order and now, the alleged Hoboken scheme to direct Federal funds for a favor is the tip of the iceburg with these Politicians. It's everyday business but sometimes a thing called Karma comes around and stares you right in the face. And of course, if you practice any spiritual faith, God's watching it all. Just some thoughts.
Anthony Scala February 06, 2014 at 11:14 AM
Still just babble, No real news just what some reporter thinks. Why don't they not report on this for at least one month till some real news comes from it and not opinion. The head lines are so misleading.
Mark Lipinski February 06, 2014 at 11:27 AM
Some things never change, News Man. I recall Mr. Christie being absent from New Jersey often, and for extended periods of time, while raising money and stumping for Romney and various GOP candidates. The only time I saw or heard of/from him was news footage from another state. it seems that Christie is only good for New Jersey while he is away.
Hobokeneer February 06, 2014 at 11:45 AM
Thanks for posting. An interesting read.
S. Jono February 06, 2014 at 06:27 PM
Christie has been on out-of-state trips for other candidates 100 days since 2012. His office will not say who paid for these trips. So much for honesty, frankness, and transparency from the tough guy who said he demands it from everyone, especially himself.
Windrunner February 06, 2014 at 08:42 PM
oh christie, what the f were u thinkin??
Selene February 06, 2014 at 10:53 PM
Christie has been a dissappointment from the very beginning. But to many NJians wearing their "reality TV" glasses and in their brain dead delirium think that a "tough" talking bully is O.K. in politics.
Selene February 06, 2014 at 10:56 PM
Christie is self serving, corrupt and egotistical....wake up NJ! Educate yourselves in politics, do a little reading and research before you cast a vote for a "media" pumped wanna be gansta like Christie. Well actually he is a gangster! I stand corrected.
Joe videodummy February 06, 2014 at 10:59 PM
Politics is like roulette. Forget about the numbers and put your money on either red or Blue/black. Give the wheel a spin and if your color comes up- you win. If it doesn't, just bet double on the color you chose, and keep betting double on that color until you win. At which time- you will be 1 bet up on the losing color. The secrete is to make sure you bring enough money to the table to cover your bets and you cannot lose.
Selene February 06, 2014 at 11:09 PM
How about"NO". Christie has always been a serf serving, corrupt, egotisical bully who fooled all you people who voted him in. He doesn't give a rat's ass about the working class, education or social ills. NJ you need to stop voting on "image" and start voting on substance. Do a little research, reading, information gathering before you cast the vote for a "media" propped gangster who talks tough and appeals to your Tony Soprano image. Tony Soprano is a character not a real person, and his image is not healthy for our elected officials to emulate. Criminals should not be voted into office. DAH!!!!!
Selene February 06, 2014 at 11:21 PM
Joe, that is about as brain dead as you can get.......turn off the TV, set aside some time to do research and you will discover a world of politics that is YES mostly jaded and corrupt, but there are politicians out there that are not as stupid and self serving as most of the representatives in the house and NJ senate. I know this requires time and effort but our lives and that of our children requires intelligent choices and right now that is not happening. WHY? Because people do not take the time to eduate themselves in politics. They choose a party based on their parent's choices and vote. STUPID. This country will continue to go into the crapper because people refuse to look at the politicians who are bought and sold by corporate interests. How can we cut food stamps to struggling Americans when our military budget is 200 times that of our nearest rival? Wake up people!!!
Selene February 06, 2014 at 11:26 PM
Bernie Saunders, Elizabth Warren ...good people in DC who care.
Selene February 06, 2014 at 11:29 PM
and if Parsippany had a set of balls they would get rid of Barberio...a (little-umm huge) pawn of Christie with no brains. A puppet for the masses.
Selene February 06, 2014 at 11:31 PM
Barberio has to go as well.....let's face it, he only made mayor because Christie was backing him...another Tony Soprano wanna be with a GED....please.....oh and Inglesio.....Christie's buddy....
David Yennior February 07, 2014 at 06:56 AM
Blocking traffic on an Interstate Highway and Bridge on 9-11 is domestic terror. Threatening Hoboken's Mayor to fast track the Rockefeller Group Project or no FEMA would be forthcoming is extortion. Removing the Hunterson Co Prosecutor, installing another to quash a 40 Ct indictment against a Republican Sheriff is obstruction of Justice. Giving Belleville $6M in FEMA funds for Seniors Housing and political endorsements is wrong and misallocation of taxpayer money. Every member of the Christie cabal are involved in one or all of these scandals. Christie has mismanaged and failed to serve the good citizens of NJ. He and Lt Gov Guagdano need to resign. NJ will recover from this, but everyone involved should go to jail, be disbarred, and prohibited from lobbying.
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
http://kurzglobe.blogspot.com/2014/02/guadagno-new-jerseys-vice-president-of.html
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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