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EXCLUSIVE: NJTV News obtains exclusive audio of Hoboken backdoor dealing in wake of Zimmer/Sandy fund scandal

January 28, 2014 — HOBOKEN, NJ — In the wake of a claim by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer that a quid-pro-quo deal was holding up Hurricane Sandy funding to her city, NJTV News with Mike Schneider correspondent David Cruz has obtained an audio tape of a discussion involving Zimmer’s husband that suggests he might be involved with back-door dealings himself.

From Cruz’s report on the NJTV News website: The image is of a political neophyte. Mayor Dawn Zimmer — a self-described former stay-at-home-mom — tearful that someone would, allegedly on behalf of the governor, try to strong-arm someone else into doing something they weren’t comfortable with. But in a complaint filed last week, Hoboken Housing Authority Executive Director Carmelo Garcia claims that Mayor Zimmer was doing the exact same thing. In a lunch meeting, secretly recorded by Garcia, and audio obtained by NJTV News, Stan Grossbard, Mayor Zimmer’s husband, is heard discussing the selection of an attorney for the Hoboken Housing Authority. “I’m a vehicle for you to transmit presumably, what you have to say to Dawn. My opinion doesn’t matter a whole hell of a lot. Doesn’t mean I won’t share it, but my role here is going to mostly be a receptacle,” Grossbard said. Grossbard is long acknowledged to be an influential member of Zimmer’s inner circle,though not officially an employee of the city, letting Garcia know that their conversation would be passed on to Mayor Zimmer. Garcia says he hoped to show that Zimmer — by way of Grossbard — was trying to force him to support the appointment.”

Get the full story here: http://www.njtvonline.org/news/video/hoboken-housing-authority-director-claims-zimmers-husband-bullied-him/

David Cruz’s in-studio analysis of the story with Mike Schneider follows.

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