NJ U.S. Attorney: ‘SandyGate serious’ and the possible link to BridgeGate


According to a report, City Communications Manager Juan Melli said Mayor Dawn Zimmer will not be commenting further on SandyGate. The end of public comment by the mayor comes at the direction of federal investigators.

The announcement, reported to come from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark matches with that law enforcement office not commenting either.
Mayor Zimmer stated she met with the US Attorney’s Office on Sunday and mentioned Hoboken had been paid a visit on Monday by the Feds on Martin Luther King Day, a national holiday.
For federal agents to skip a national holiday reflects the allegations Sandy aid were possibly leveraged to push ahead development of the Rockefeller Group is being taken seriously and any investigation is entering a quiet period.
Aside from the likely federal investigation under way, a development project in Fort Lee called Redevelopment 5 mirroring the size, scope and value of the proposed Rockefeller Group development in Hoboken may hold a key determinative factor within the buzz of allegations.
Each of the proposed developments are valued at up to ONE BILLION EACH.
According to a report by Steve Kornacki, before SandyGate broke, the Fort Lee Redevelopment 5 project had reached critical mass in its approval process last year:
Peeking further under the covers of the two development projects – in the billion dollar area for each can’t be good news to Governor Chris Christie who was sworn in to his second term yesterday.  
The SandyGate scandal appears to have legs coinciding with a NJ legislative investigation into the controversial lane closures at the George Washington Bridge several months ago.
Legal observers are already saying the misuse of federal funds is a serious matter and the US Attorney’s Office will act accordingly.  The Star Ledger posted a story quoting Fordham Law Professor James Cohen who views SandyGate as more serious than the GWB lane closures saying:
Ultimately, the US Attorney’s Office is likely to seek parallels with other NJ government executives, mayor’s and officials charged with public-private policy development in New Jersey and who may have felt heavy muscle coming down from gubernatorial height levels.

In the HBO series, the Sopranos, a meeting of bosses discusses the windfall from the “Esplanade Project” with a government official.  
Is Sopranos fiction meeting reality?

Talking Ed Note: Taken together, the Hoboken and Fort Lee’s development projects in near proximity potentially hold a total value of $2 Billion.  That makes the Vision 20/20 scam in Hoboken put forward where millions in profits were on the table with NO MASTER PLAN to view by the public look like a pikers convention.

The lane closures in Fort Lee are akin to a message from a party unhappy with “their end,” in the deal.  It would be a shame if a traffic or zoning problem for two or three proposed “express lanes” out of Fort Lee would run into problems.  Or did it –

I don’t know why one town gets three lanes. One lane, maybe. Three lanes, for one town? I don’t quite get it.” Port Authority Chairman David Samson.

The law firm lobbying Hoboken on behalf of the Rockefeller Group development is Wolff & Samson.  Yes, the same Samson.

How much scratch can two billion dollar developments offer toward a presidential bid?

Related: The must read Steve Kornacki story on the Fort Lee billion dollar development:

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