Hoboken Mayor Gets U.S. Flood Money in Awkward Ceremony With Christie

There, Little Ferry’s mayor, Mauro D. Raguseo, a Democrat, shared the makeshift stage with Mr. Christie as Mr. Donovan announced that $380 million of federal money would go to two projects in New Jersey intended to guard against the sort of damage that Hurricane Sandy caused in late 2012.

The projects were submitted to Rebuild by Design, a contest created by President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, to encourage innovation in mitigating against flooding in coastal areas. In all, $920 million was awarded to six projects, including three in New York City and one on Long Island.

Earlier in the day in Manhattan, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Senator Charles E. Schumer joined Mr. Donovan to announce the winning New York projects. The first stage of a plan to build a berm around Manhattan will receive $335 million, the largest award HUD announced. Other projects were on Long Island, in the South Bronx and on Staten Island.

“The beauty of this project is we are working to ensure that we fight against the floodwaters before they happen, with real protections for people on the East Side of Manhattan,” Mr. de Blasio said, after acknowledging that he and the other officials were “having a really good time because this is an extraordinary day for New York.”

There was more tension in the air in Little Ferry, where Ms. Zimmer sat in the front row of the audience on the blacktop of a basketball court as Mr. Donovan spoke about the project to protect Hoboken and parts of neighboring Weehawken and Jersey City. He invited the mayors and the design teams to stand. But Mr. Christie did not acknowledge Ms. Zimmer in his remarks, nor did he name any of the other “local officials” he thanked.

Mr. Christie, wearing a black suit, said his administration looked forward to working with “all the towns getting this money.” He said that “these communities have serious, repetitive flooding” problems.

The governor posed for pictures with the members of the winning design teams but Ms. Zimmer did not approach him. After Mr. Christie left, Ms. Zimmer said she did not know if the governor had supported the project, known as Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge.

She said she had asked him to write a letter in support of the plan, which she called a “four-part water management system” that will involve building a riverfront park “so that it is a levee system as well.” But Ms. Zimmer said she was unaware of any help provided by the governor personally, though she added that the state government “did start to help with the process” of seeking the Rebuild by Design money after she complained.

Once Mr. Christie and his entourage had departed, Mr. Donovan embraced Ms. Zimmer. As they talked, she smiled like a mayor whose cries for help had been heeded.

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