NEW YORK – New Jersey's lieutenant governor on Monday denied a claim by the mayor of Hoboken that Superstorm Sandy relief funding was withheld over a lack of support for a politically connected real-estate project, according to press reports. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno called the claims by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemoration in Union City, near Hoboken, the Associated Press reported. Zimmer said Saturday that Guadagno pulled her aside at a supermarket opening in May and said the funds for the badly flooded city hinged on Zimmer's approval of a commercial development whose lawyer and lobbyist are close to Gov. Chris Christie. Zimmer, a Democrat, met with investigators from the U.S. attorney's office for several hours Sunday afternoon, according to the AP. Hoboken received $342,000 out of $1.8 billion in Sandy recovery aid from the state in the first funding round.Christie's administration already is being investigated over allegations that the governor's top aides blocking off some lanes to the George Washington Bridge leading to New York City after that mayor, another Democrat, didn't endorse Christie for re-election.
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