New Jersey Mayor Meets Prosecutor in Christie Probe

After accusing administration of tying Hurricane Sandy funding to support for development project

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The New Jersey mayor who has accused Gov. Chris Christie’s administration of threatening to withhold Hurricane Sandy relief funds unless she supported a development project said she met with a federal prosecutor to discuss the matter Sunday.

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer said in a statement that the meeting was at the request of the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, and that she turned over documents and her journal, NBC News reports.

“As they pursue this investigation, I will provide any requested information and testify under oath about the facts of what happened when the Lieutenant Governor came to Hoboken and told me that Sandy aid would be contingent on moving forward with a private development project,” Zimmer said.

Zimmer has said twice in television interviews, and said that she is willing to sign a sworn statement and testify under oath, that she was threatened by the governor’s staff to approve a private development project in Hoboken, or relief funds for the city would be in jeopardy. In an interview with CNN on Sunday, Zimmer said, “I probably should have come forward sooner, but I really didn’t think anyone would believe me.”

Christie’s administration, already under fire for a traffic scandal in which aides closed lanes leading from a north Jersey town to the busiest bridge in the world in apparent political retribution, is denying Zimmer’s claims, pointing to $70 million in federal aid that has been approved for Hoboken. Zimmer said much of that money came from the federal flood insurance program.

“Mayor Zimmer has been effusive in her public praise of the Governor’s Office and the assistance we’ve provided in terms of economic development and Sandy aid,” Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said in a statement Saturday. “What or who is driving her only now to say such outlandishly false things is anyone’s guess.”

Christie, who will celebrate his second inauguration as New Jersey governor on Tuesday, has apologized in the bridge scandal and fired a top aide involved, but federal authorities are investigating, as are two state legislative committees, one of which has already issued subpoenas for key members of Christie’s administration.

The governor, a top Republican presidential contender, has not been directly tied to the bridge scandal or other accusations, but the growing drumbeat has nevertheless hurt his 2016 ambitions. During a weekend fundraising swing in Florida, Politico reports, Christie said “I don’t know” when the controversy will subside.

“‘But as far as I’m concerned, I did what I can do,” Christie said, “with great apologies and embarrassment.”

21 comments
sacredh
sacredh

Christie is popular among both conservatives and mainstream democrats. This is why liberals have their crotchless panties in a knot...they're afraid.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

Christie should ask Obama to give the teddy bear back. What is a friend if he cannot watch your back. But cant help but feel Obama is pulling the strings in all these. Keep the pressure Barry till he resigns. Nothing must stand between Hillary and the Presidency.

lordofthefly
lordofthefly

Mr. Rawlings,

This better be the nail.

Media need to put up or shut up about this manufactured "scandal."
Like Christie or not, Americans should be outraged by the sloppy, sensational way this story has been handled - and Christie's image has been manhandled. He has been accused, indicted and convicted of nothing except by slobbering media like you and your struggling employer.

roknsteve
roknsteve

I'm tying Christie to the scandals.  He's toast.

Diecash1
Diecash1

What a pile of crap. Do you have anything more than your feelings to show that it is Obama "pulling the strings" in this case? No? Then give it up already.

Obama, like the rest of us, is simply watching Christie's administration unravel in the face of a scandal of its own making.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@lordofthefly After Christie is said and done, most likely the Democrats will shout next. They really play hard ball these liberals. The liberalization of this country is half way done. Hillary will finish it.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@lordoftheflyManufactured scandal? You mean like Benghazi or the IRS outrage? Seems there is a lot more evidence on Christie wrong doing than on either of those. And yet guess which has gotten more air time from Fox?

jmac
jmac

@lordofthefly This story has been handled by the MSM slowly and methodically.   Twenty subpoenas went out  by two different NJ agencies last week - we won't know anything else until the first week in February about the information that might be coming from those subpoenas.   Samson has to speak - or plead the fifth.  


In the meantime, yet another mayor is willing to put her diaries and information on the line about hard-ball that might have been done with Sandy money.   It's hardly a story that can be ignored when the Attorney General appointed by Christie is also covering the scandals.   


The fact that some shows on  MSNBC are fascinated by it doesn't make it sloppy.   I watch Fox News.  Tune in and watch MSNBC.  You might learn something - or learn to counter the allegations.  

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@Diecash1 You are laughable. Watching Christie administration in the face of a scandal of its own making. As if Obama  himself is free of any scandals. Hey Cash, the Obama Administration is crumbling. With scandals. With an S plural. Try watching Fox once in a while to widen your horizon. Getting stuck with Ms Chrissie at MSNBC is not a way to  be up to date with the news.

Diecash1
Diecash1

Do you plan to make a cogent point any time soon?

Diecash1
Diecash1

Shorter Rene: I have nothing useful to contribute and a can't support my baseless assertions because I'm a dumba$$.

Even shorter translation of Rene's comments: Derp.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@Diecash1 If Obama can heal the planet and roll back the tide what is this compared to his Supeman like powers and intelligence ? You morons have been accepting the meme that Obama is the most perfect of Presidents and the most intelligent one. Not me. I do not need to back up my assertions. I am just accepting your claim that Obama is intelligent. So he must know what is happening in his surroundings Otherwise......

Diecash1
Diecash1

Laughable? Not quite. Yes, I am laughing at you and your assertions are indeed laughable.

I'll take your personal attack and subsequent non - response to mean that you have nothing more than your feelings. Given that, you an Mr. Tingles seem to have a lot in common.

Try either backing up your bogus assertions or sticking to the topic at hand, the scandal that is the Christie administration. Try not to let your ODS steer you away from the topic next time.

Diecash1
Diecash1

Still nothing useful? How about this: you're an idiot.

Diecash1
Diecash1

Try writing a coherent sentence first. Babbling about the "liberalization" of the country makes neither sense nor a point. It does, however, demonstrate your bias.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@Diecash1 You want me to say what ? In Urdu ? Farsi ? Your mind is already closed to any opinion that is not favorable to your view of things. You still got a lot of things to learn.