While many news outlets are doing short and often inaccurate analysis on Hoboken and the issues surrounding the mayor and the ongoing federal investigation into SandyGate, the NY Times story uncovers new information and efforts between two major developers trying to get a foothold in Hoboken: NJ Transit and the Rockefeller group and and all without the City's or mayor's knowledge.
From the NY Times story:
A few months later, the company struck a memorandum of understanding with New Jersey Transit to build a light rail stop near their property. Transportation planners have long said a station would someday be needed there, but for Rockefeller Group, which would pay part of the costs, it made the project more attractive to tenants. A spokesman for the mayor said that Ms. Zimmer was not apprised of the agreement. A transit agency spokesman declined to discuss it.
The State of NJ and the Christie Administration was also making it clear its intent on backing the Rockefeller Group's plans for Hoboken. In the NY Times article, the pressure is outlined in never before publicly seen efforts not covered in any other media saying:
In the fall, the governor’s office called Ms. Zimmer’s office to set up a meeting with two state officials: Marc Ferzan, who oversees New Jersey’s hurricane recovery and rebuilding efforts, and Michele Brown, who oversees economic development. To the mayor’s office, the meeting, which was postponed, was another example of the Christie administration’s tying hurricane aid to the Rockefeller project.
The article offers more factual unpublished information than anything appearing anywhere else to date. The full article is available here.
|Rockefeller Group property owned in northwest Hoboken. Courtesy the NY Times.|