Christie team slams MSNBC, denies mayor's claim that Sandy funds were held hostage

But in a statement to CNN on Saturday, Christie spokesman Colin Reed blasted the report, saying, “It’s very clear partisan politics are at play here as Democratic mayors with a political ax to grind come out of the woodwork and try to get their faces on television.”

“MSNBC is a partisan network that has been openly hostile to Governor Christie and almost gleeful in their efforts attacking him,” Reed said.

“Governor Christie and his entire administration have been helping Hoboken get the help they need after Sandy, with the city already having been approved for nearly $70 million in federal aid and is targeted to get even more when the Obama administration approves the next rounds of funding. ”

Reed said that the mayor and governor have had a “productive relationship,” noting an August tweet by Zimmer saying she’s “very glad Governor Christie has been our Gov.”