Dawn Zimmer, Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey met for several hours with federal investigators after alleging that the governor’s office had told her that Hurricane Sandy relief funds may be in jeopardy if she did not push through approval for a development project in her city.
Zimmer told NBC that she met for several hours with federal investigators and that she had turned her journal and other documents over to them.
“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 [Kim Guadagno] came to Hoboken and told me that Sandy aid would be contingent on moving forward with a private development project,” Zimmer went on to say.
When Candy Crowley asked her on CNN why she had waited for so long to come forward with her accusations, the mayor responded, “I really didn’t think anyone would believe me and quite frankly, if I came forward, no one believes me, then I’m going to put Hoboken in an even worse position and my number one priority as a mayor of Hoboken is to fight to make sure that we can get as many Sandy funds as possible.”
The Christie camp is circling the wagons claiming that the allegations have no basis in fact and that this is all part of a well-orchestrated partisan attempt to assassinate the governor’s character.
“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,” Michael Drewniak a Christie spokesman wrote in a statement. “What or who is driving her only now to say such outlandishly false things is anyone’s guess.”
Another Christie spokesman, Colin Reed, in a statement to NBC News, asserted that the MSNBC report was the result of “partisan politics” and charged that the network “has been openly hostile to Governor Christie and almost gleeful in their efforts attacking him.”
The investigation by the office of U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman is only one of many launched since allegations of the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee as retribution for failure to support the governor’s reelection campaign by that city’s mayor surfaced last week.
Among those subpoenaed is David Samson, chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who will be represented by former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.
How this will affect Christie’s Presidential ambitions remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: this is not the kind of publicity that the governor has been looking for.
Watch the NBC report below.
h/t: Raw Story