Friday, July 3, 2015

Hoboken mayor says Christie staff bullied her over Sandy funds

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer is claiming she was threatened by the Christie administration to push through a particular development project in exchange for Sandy relief money.

Hoboken mayor says Christie staff bullied her over Sandy funds

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Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer is claiming she was threatened by the Christie administration to push through a particular development project in exchange for Sandy relief money.

In an interview this morning on MSNBC, Zimmer told Steve Kornacki that Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno "pulled me aside in a parking lot" after a visit to Hoboken and made clear that the development project was tied to Sandy funding.

Zimmer said Guadagno told her: "'I know it's not right, I know these things should not be connected, but they are. And if you tell anyone, I'll deny it.'"

Zimmer said she was pressured in May 2013. In a statement provided to MSNBC, Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said: “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. What or who is driving her only now to say such outlandishly false things is anyone’s guess.”

"I probably should have come forward" sooner, Zimmer said in the interview. "But I literally feel I have to act in the best interests of Hoboken."

The allegations by Zimmer come as the Christie administration is facing a widening investigation into the George Washington Bridge scandal. On Friday, New Jersey Assembly Democrats confirmed that eight current Christie staffers had been issued subpoenas as part of the probe, along with the governor's office, the Christie campaign committee and Port Authority officials.

A link to the MSNBC report: http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/mayor-christie-camp-held-sandy-money-hostage

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