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04/19/2007


NJ Lieutenant Governor Denies Hoboken, NJ Mayor's Claims That Christie Held Sandy Funds Hostage: VIDEO

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In the latest ugly turn of events for the Chris Christie administration, Hoboken, NJ Mayor Dawn Zimmer said over the weekend that Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Richard Constable, Christie’s community affairs commissioner, held relief funds for Hurricane Sandy damage hostage unless Zimmer approved a redevelopment plan being pushed by the governor.

The L.A. Times reports:

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer said she met with federal prosecutors in Newark for several hours Sunday at their request and turned over a journal and other documents.

“I will provide any requested information and testify under oath about the facts of what happened when the Lieutenant Governor came to Hoboken and told me that Sandy aid would be contingent on moving forward with a private development project,” she said in a statement Sunday night.

Zimmer appeared on cable news over the weekend making the claims. Guadagno held a press conference this morning disputing them.

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Feds Now Investigating Chris Christie's Possible Misuse of Sandy Relief Funds: VIDEO

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has some fresh issues to deal with this morning, CNN reports:

ChristieCNN has learned that federal officials are investigating whether Christie improperly used those relief funds to produce tourism ads that starred him and his family.

The news couldn't come at a worse time for the scandal-plagued Republican, who is facing two probes into whether his staff tied up traffic near the country's busiest bridge to punish a Democratic mayor who refused to endorse his successful re-election bid.

If the Sandy inquiry finds any wrongdoing, it could prove even more damaging to Christie's national ambitions. His performance during and after the superstorm has been widely praised and is a fundamental part of his straight-shooting political brand.

In the new probe, federal auditors will examine New Jersey's use of $25 million in Sandy relief funds for a marketing campaign to promote tourism at the Jersey Shore after Sandy decimated the state's coastline in late 2012, New Jersey Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone told CNN

Meanwhile, on FOX News Sunday, Karl Rove told a panel that he believes the way Christie handled #BridgeGate gives the governor some "street cred" with Tea Party folks.

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Mitt Romney: Hurricane Sandy Was Really Unfair to Me — VIDEO

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Mitt Romney surfaced again this week in an interview with Gloria Borger in which he spoke about his failed campaign and the incidents along the way, such as the 47% video, and Hurricane Sandy...

"And there were other things that didn’t help my campaign, either. Obviously a hurricane with a week to go before the election stalled our campaign."

Romney doesn't blame Christie, however.

"No, no, no… No. No, no...I — I wish the hurricane hadn’t have happened…when it did, because it gave the President a chance to be presidential, and to be out showing sympathy for folks. That’s one of the advantages of incumbency. But, you know, you don’t look back and worry about each little thing, and how could that have been different. You look forward."

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Jon Stewart Rips House Republicans for Sandy Relief FAIL: VIDEO

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Jon Stewart looks at the House Republican inability to help those who lost everything in Hurricane Sandy.

"This is just a simple down the middle, black and white, cut and dry, warm cup of what would Jesus, or any other human being that isn't an a**hole, do? And you blew it. You blew it."

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House GOP Approves Funding to Defend DOMA, While Blocking Sandy Relief, Violence Against Women Act

Here are the priorities of House Republicans:

John_boehnerDespite a late-stage intervention by Vice President Joe Biden, House Republican leaders failed to advance the Senate's 2012 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, an embattled bill that would have extended domestic violence protections to 30 million LGBT individuals, undocumented immigrants and Native American women.

"The House leadership would not bring it up, just like they wouldn't bring up funding for Sandy [hurricane damage] last night," said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), a key backer of the Senate version of the bill, in an interview with HuffPost. "I think they are still so kowtowing to the extreme on the right that they're not even listening to the moderates, and particularly the women, in their caucus who are saying they support this."

They did have time to support further anti-gay discrimination though by authorizing further funding to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA):

A GOP source told The Huffington Post that, during a closed-door meeting of the House Republican Conference, lawmakers gave a green light to including language in the 113th Congress rules package that authorizes the House legal team, known as the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG), to keep paying outside counsel to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court. The proposed House rules package also states that BLAG continues to "speak for" the House in its defense of DOMA...

...A spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday slammed Republicans for taking "the extraordinary measure" of using the opening day rules package of the new Congress to authorize themselves to keep defending DOMA.

"Today, House Republicans will send a clear message to LGBT families: their fiscal responsibility mantra does not extend to their efforts to stand firmly on the wrong side of the future," said Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill.

Hammill also noted that the rules package "for the first time" explicitly states that BLAG speaks for the full House on DOMA matters -- something he said is definitely not the case.


News: David Davies, Seattle Hate Crime, A Graduate, 'Scary Movie 5'

1NewsIcon British tabloids are salivating over word that Kieran Hayler, boyfriend of celebrity Katie Price, had online sex with another man. "He got his kicks and I got mine," said a 23-year old student who claims to have been on the receiving end of stripper Hayler's virtual love.

EndIsNigh1NewsIcon Here's an article on what happens to doomsayers after the world doesn't end: "Doomsday believers tend to pick up and get on with their lives more successfully if they have strong networks of family and friends, [University of Alabama sociologist Stephen Kent said. The grassroots nature of the Mayan apocalypse predictions is therefore troubling, he said. 'The isolated individuals who encounter these predictions on the Internet may be terribly alone,' he said."

1NewsIcon For your consideration, the biggest box office bombs of 2012.

1NewsIcon This is what Lindsay Lohan has been reduced to: Scary Movie 5.

1NewsIcon David Davies, the conservative MP who said that fellow conservatives' plans for marriage equality in England were "barking mad," now says he's sorry. "I haven't done years of diversity training, so sometimes I say things which are probably tactless, and I don't mean to, to be honest, I don't mean to do that," the former farmer and truck driver said. He added, "This law is going to happen, and the best thing to do is just shut up and accept it, really, which is probably why I shouldn't have accepted this interview. Too late now."

1NewsIcon Congratulations to Boy Meets World actress Danielle Fisher on graduating from college! "After my 27th birthday, I made the decision to stop letting fear be a factor in fulfilling my dreams and living the life I wanted, so with a little encouragement from friends and family, I enrolled," she said of achieving her dream.

Moss1NewsIcon Kate Moss, goddess with nearly naked male models at her beck and call.

1NewsIcon Seattle prosecutors are pursuing hate crime charges against a man who used anti-gay slurs while threatening a gay man. "Oh, I forgot. I am in Washington state. We need to protect the (anti-gay slur)," the man, a recent transplant to the city, reportedly said during his arrest in August."

1NewsIcon Eli Roth's latest cinematic endeavor, Aftershock, provides a new premise for a gruesome exploration of human nature. Emphasis on gruesome.

1NewsIcon Check out this video of the Fire Island Pavilion circa 1999, before the original 1980 structure was torn down, reconstructed and then destroyed in Hurricane Sandy. Why does 1999 look so long ago?

1NewsIcon Via CNN, some gendered spending habits: "The Clarus Research Group poll found the average married man will spend $493 on gifts for his wife this year, while wives will spend less than half of that on their husbands. The average married woman said she would spend $210."

VictorianLadies1NewsIcon Victorian gay marriage: "During the 19th century, women in what some Victorians referred to as 'female marriages' lived together, owned property in common, called each other 'hubby' or 'wedded wife' and were recognized as a couple, including by the traditionalists among their neighbors and friends."

1NewsIcon Will House Speaker John Boehner eat worms for Christmas?

1NewsIcon From Cincinnati, Ohio: "Singer Jonathan Zeng says that being discriminated against because he is gay was a blessing rather than a curse."

 


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