Study: Hoboken didn't receive any less Sandy aid than other towns
You would think that if Chris Christie was throwing his weight around in forcing local mayors to play ball on projects desired by his cronies, that there would be some evidence for it in how - or how little - much hurricane aid was dispensed.
Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer claims that Christie shortchanged her town in Sandy aid because she refused to back a development project being proposed by Christie-connected cronies. A study of grant money by AP shows that to be a bogus charge:
Hoboken has so far received two state grants from pools of state-controlled money, according to a review by The Associated Press.
The state awarded $25 million for energy projects to help deal with outages; Hoboken received $142,080 - the same amount as 39 other recipients.
The state also provided money to communities hit by the storm to hire experts and come up with long-term recovery plans; Hoboken's $200,000 grant was the fourth-highest allocation among the 35 local governments in the program.
Melli said the city was told by state government officials last month not to bother applying for a third program offering grants and loans to revitalize business district because it was already oversubscribed.
To date, New Jersey has received $1.8 billion in emergency aid from the U.S. government to distribute as it sees fit but with federal approval and is in line to get an additional $1.4 billion in coming months. Most of the first chunk was earmarked for direct aid to homeowners, landlords and businesses to rebuild. Administration officials have said there may be more money for disaster prevention later.
This part of the attack on Christie never had legs. It was too easily checked and has now been found to have been driven by partisan politics.
This doesn't put Christie in the clear. But it appears to erase one serious charge from the list.