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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 
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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