Christie administration ends contract with firm distributing Sandy grants

By Erin O'Neill/The Star-Ledger
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on January 23, 2014

October 2012: High surf and heavy flooding from Hurricane Sandy left a home on an island, literally, at the base of the Mantoloking Bridge after the ocean cut a breached the barrier island and met Barnegat Bay.

 

After months of complaints from homeowners about inept management, poor communication and long delays, the state said today it has severed ties with a Louisiana firm hired to handle New Jersey’s nearly $1 billion Hurricane Sandy housing recovery programs.

It remains unclear who is administering the federally funded programs.

The three-year contract the state signed last spring with Hammerman & Gainer Inc., or HGI, ended this week. Both sides agreed last month to terminate the nearly $68 million contract.

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Hoboken Mayor Is Said to Have Told of Threat

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Fort Lee Fiasco — Follow the Money (and the Political Donations)

By Max Pizarro | January 22nd, 2014

 

FORT LEE – Ever since the infamous "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" memo, the state's political class has buzzed with theories about a motive.

The original theory – that it was retribution for Mayor Mark Sokolich's failure to endorse Gov. Chris Christie's re-election – created more questions.

The theory posited by MSNBC's Steve Kornacki and advanced by Brian Murphy (former reporters at this website) – suggests that the motive for BridgeGate connects to a development project in Fort Lee called Hudson Lights.

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Newark volatility: establishment pressures mount on mayoral candidate Ramos

By Max Pizarro | January 22nd, 2014

 

Newark politics continues under the siege of statewide headlines, and at the center of it stands North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos attempting to make a decision about his political future.

Mayoral candidate Ramos faces panicking donors who in an advantage African-American city do not think the Latino can defeat South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka, but are convinced Ramos can be Newark’s kingmaker.

Allies this week continue to advise him to pull out of the May nonpartisan contest to back former state Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries.

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Bridge scandal made Dawn Zimmer's Hoboken story believable: Editorial

By Star-Ledger Editorial Board
on January 20, 2014

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer says Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno told her last May to approve a redevelopment plan for the Rockefeller Group, which has ties to friends of Gov. Chris Christie, or lose millions in Hurricane Sandy aid. Guadagno and others in the Christie administration have denied Zimmer's accusations. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

 

Had Dawn Zimmer told her story last May – that Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno threatened to hold Hoboken’s hurricane aid hostage unless the mayor signed off on a pet construction project – would anyone have listened?

Not likely. If a Democratic mayor accused the Republican incumbent of playing politics with Hurricane Sandy money – while the governor was knee-deep in a re-election campaign – Zimmer’s allegations would have been dismissed as election-year shenanigans. Her word against Gov. Chris Christie’s.

We’ve all seen how Christie treats those who cross him.

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Lieutenant Governor Calls Hoboken Mayor’s Claims ‘Illogical’

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U.S. Attorney Said to Meet With Hoboken Mayor

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For Christie and MSNBC, a Messy Divorce Plays Out in Public View

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Volatility in Governor's Office sparks political questions in Essex

By PolitickerNJ Staff | January 18th, 2014

In the event of a statewide shakeup, the brutal political war between powerful Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo and fellow Essex Democrat state Sen. Dick Codey (D-27) could come to a head in a special Democratic Party Primary.

The two men despise each other.

A former Senate president, Codey holds DiVincenzo responsible for cutting the deal with South Jersey Democrats which dethroned Codey in 2009.

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Mayor of Hoboken Says Hurricane Relief Was Threatened

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