NBC News correspondent Natalie Morales alleged the Mayor of Hoboken, Dawn Zimmer and NJ officials were parties in a "kickback scheme at the highest levels" in a comment she wrote on a Change.org petition. Morales is a Hoboken resident.
The petition, "SAY NO TO OPTION A: Stop Hoboken from Building a Wall that Doesn't Protect All Residents," was started by "Concerned Citizens of Hoboken" last week and has grown to 662 signatures.
In fact, the petition title is a misnomer; there is no "Option A." There is "Concept A,"
Concept A is one of five flooding mitigation concept plans provided to the municipalities of Hoboken, Jersey City and Weehawken by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection engineers for resident feedback. Each of the Concept Plans is labeled, "DRAFT IDEAS FOR DISCUSSION PURPOSES ONLY."
"Save Our Streets."
The preamble of the Change.org petition pits residents against the Mayor of Hoboken: "the mayor now wants to spend that money on A WALL ON GARDEN STREET from Weehawken Cove as far as 12th Street, destroying a historic residential neighborhood..."
The petition also claims that Hoboken residents have had "virtually no notice, no vote, no representation from public officials, and no due process in which the affected residents have any meaningful voice." In fact, the Rebuild By Design Citizen Advisory Group has been holding public events and meetings for months, all of which have been publicly noticed and meeting materials and presentation boards are online at http://www.nj.gov/dep/floodhazard/rbd-hudsonriver.htm.
|Comment on Change.org Petition: SAY NO TO OPTION A: Stop Hoboken from Building a Wall that Doesn't Protect All Residents|
NBC's Morales has not provided proof of her allegations of "corruption at its finest" nor "kickback scheme at the highest level."