January 19, 2014 12:03 pm -

Democratic New Jersey state senators are responding to allegations by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer that Sandy relief money was withheld until she approved a real estate project.

State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D) and Senator Loretta Weinberg (D) (pictured) said, coupled with the questions about last September’s lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, the new accusations indicate a “pattern” of abusive behavior by the Christie administration,

Weinberg is the chair of the state Senate’s committee dedicated to investigating the lane closures, which she and other Democrats have alleged were ordered by Christie’s allies to retaliate against a mayor who declined to endorse his re-election bid. She vowed the Senate committee would “pursue the latest assertion to determine if it is true and if it is related to what happened in Fort Lee.”

“This is a serious allegation that, if true, reveals another abuse of power by the administration. Withholding emergency funds intended to help storm victims to advance a development project would be especially deplorable,” Weinberg said. “These disclosures are revealing a disturbing pattern of abuse of government responsibility, a possible misuse of public resources and the betrayal of trust.”

D.B. Hirsch
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