N.J. mayor says Sandy aid ultimatum came from Christie

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TRENTON, N.J. — The Democratic mayor of a town severely flooded by Hurricane Sandy said Sunday that she was told an ultimatum tying recovery funds to her support for a prime real estate project came directly from GOP Governor Chris Christie, a claim a Christie spokesman called ‘‘categorically false.’’

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer told ABC’s ‘‘This Week’’ that the message pushing a Rockefeller Group commercial development was delivered by Christie’s lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno, when the two were at an event in Hoboken in May to celebrate the opening of a new supermarket.

‘‘She said that she had been with him on Friday night and that this was a direct message from the governor,’’ Zimmer recalled.

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