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Hunter Walker

Hunter Walker is a national affairs reporter for TPM. He came to the site in 2013 from the New York Observer. He has also written for New York Magazine, Gawker, the Village Voice, Forbes, The Daily, and Deadspin. He can be reached at hunter@talkingpointsmemo.com

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New Jersey Lieutenant Gov. Kim Guadagno (R) strongly denied Monday morning that she threatened to withhold Hurricane Sandy relief money from a local mayor until the mayor approved a real estate project.

The mayor, Dawn Zimmer of Hoboken, N.J., made the allegations Saturday on MSNBC's "Up With Steve Kornacki," saying Guadagno specifically approached her at an event and made it clear the aid money was tied to the project, which was linked to an all of Gov. Chris Christie (R).

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A spokesman for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) pushed back on Saturday afternoon against allegations that the governor's office withheld Hurricane Sandy relief funds from Hoboken, N.J. until the mayor there approved a real estate project.

In a memo sent to reporters that stretched more than 1,500 words, spokesman Colin Reed characterized the allegations as part of a "gleeful assault" by the "partisan" MSNBC network and disputed the notion Hoboken had not gotten its fair share of Sandy aid funds.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) was warmly received by donors at fundraisers Saturday in Florida as he gave the state's governor $2.5 million on behalf of the Republican Governor's Association, according to a GOP source.

Christie was in Florida to help Gov. Rick Scott (R) even as questions continue to swirl in his home state of New Jersey over the September lane closures of the George Washington Bridge.

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Democratic members of New Jersey's state Senate issued statements Saturday afternoon responding to allegations made by the mayor of Hoboken, N.J. that the administration of Gov. Chris Christie (R) withheld Hurricane Sandy relief funds from her city until she approved a real estate project. State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D) and Senator Loretta Weinberg (D) 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,

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New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D) issued a statement Saturday responding to Hoboken, N.J. mayor Dawn Zimmer's claims the administration of Gov. Chris Christie (R) withheld Hurricane Sandy relief money from her city because she did not fast-track a real estate project linked to one of his allies. Wisniewski, who is the chairman of the New Jersey General Assembly committee investigating last September's lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, said Zimmer's claims are "serious" and had the committee's attention.

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Officials at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey are worried the law firm retained by the administration of Gov. Chris Christie (R) as it faces two investigations into the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge has a conflict of interest. According to a report published by the Bergen Record Friday, Port Authority officials plan to outline these concerns in a letter to the firm, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

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An attorney for David Wildstein, one of the men at the center of the investigation into last September's lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, said his client has a "story to tell" if granted immunity from state and federal prosecution. Alan Zegas told the Wall Street Journal Friday that Wildstein wants to testify before one of the legislative committees investigating the closures.

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