NEW YORK (POOL/CNN) - A New Jersey mayor isn't backing down from her claims that Republican Governor Chris Christie threatened to withhold Superstorm Sandy aid.
If she didn't support a redevelopment plan favored by the Governor.
The Democratic Mayor of hard-hit Hoboken, Dawn Zimmer, appeared on CNN's State of the Union to defend those claims.
Zimmer says State Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno pulled her aside to tell her relief funds for Hoboken would be held hostage until she approved a project with real estate developer, the Rockefeller Group.
"She made a direct threat to me. She came and when the lieutenant governor comes, pulls you aside in a parking lot and says, 'These two things are connected, I know it shouldn't be but they are, and if you tell anyone I'll deny it.' She felt almost guilty about saying it. She knows it's wrong but that is exactly what they're trying to do," Zimmer said.
Christie's camp pushed back against the allegations Saturday, releasing a statement saying Hoboken has been approved for nearly $70 million in Federal Aid.
They call the allegations partisan politics.
The allegations come as evidence mounts that aides to Christie, arranged to tie up lanes to a major bridge as political revenge.
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