Hoboken leaders clear way for new witness in Christie scandal investigation
April 3rd, 2014
02:04 AM ET
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Hoboken leaders clear way for new witness in Christie scandal investigation

The U.S. Attorney in New Jersey could be meeting with a new witness soon as part of the investigation into allegations that members of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration held Superstorm Sandy recovery funds hostage in Hoboken.

The Hoboken city council voted Wednesday night to approve a measure that would allow Mayor Dawn Zimmer to waive attorney-client privileges, paving the way for a city attorney to comply with a subpoena for documents from the U.S. Attorney's office.

Zimmer could grant the waiver immediately, enabling Joe Maraziti - who represents Hoboken in matters relating to real estate and economic development - to hand over any documents, emails and texts relating to the mayor's allegations that the delivery of Sandy recovery funds was contingent on her approval of a real estate proposal with ties to Christie allies. This also allows the lawyer to meet with investigators and tell them anything Zimmer might have mentioned to him about conversations she claims took place with members of the Christie administration.

In an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" in January, Zimmer said she was told by New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno that Sandy relief funds hinged on her support for a real estate development project and that the directive was coming directly from Christie. "She said that to me - that this is a direct message from the governor," Zimmer said, referring to a conversation she said took place in a parking lot in Hoboken in May of last year.

Gaudagno denied that any such message was delivered to the mayor. She called Zimmer's allegation "categorically false." Members of the Christie administration labeled it a partisan attack.

Zimmer also claims that state Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable delivered a similar message to her while they were both participating in a panel discussion on the Sandy recovery effort. Constable said Zimmer's allegations were "patently false and absurd on their face."

An internal investigation conducted by lawyers hired by the Christie administration found no evidence to support Zimmer's claims. "They are contradicted by contemporaneous documents, other witnesses' accounts and her own prior statements," attorney Randy Mastro wrote in the 360-page report. "In sum, the subjective perceptions she may have do not match objective reality, as reflected in the hard evidence uncovered during our investigation.”

Calling the internal review sadly predictable, Zimmer said in a written statement that it was a "one-sided whitewash of serious misconduct by the Christie administration."

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Maripil

    The internal investigation of the scandal is a sham!! All key witnesses were not interviewed at all therefore this is not a real vindication of Christie!! SHAME, SHAME, SHAME!!!

    April 3, 2014 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  2. Marie MD

    I thought his paid for lawyers exonerated him. Glad that this is not going away. Isn't he supposed to be working for NJ in NJ? He's been traveling a lot.
    He's like a cheating husband whose wife knows about the affairs and he is now free to do whatever he wants before the big divorce (or impeachment in his case).

    April 3, 2014 07:00 am at 7:00 am |

    I guess Christi is not out of the woods yet and only has a 50 50 chance of keeping his governorship . Forget about president!!!!!

    April 3, 2014 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  4. Tampa Tim

    I am not an attorney, but I would think documents mean a lot more than the Krispy response, "I don't recall." Krispy is running out of buses to throw people under, but I'll bet he saved one for Kim.

    April 3, 2014 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  5. salty dog

    Hard evidence, too funny, no interviews with any of the five major players, she'll take a lie detector test, why won't Christie?

    April 3, 2014 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  6. Tommy G

    So where is the PROOF??? There is none. He said, she said is not proof. This woman needs to produce proof of her allegations or go away because at this point she is on a Democrat Party smear mission.

    The Democrat witch hunt continues, wasting tens of millions of taxpayer money.

    April 3, 2014 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    As extraodinary as Mayor Zimmer's are, why would she risk possible criminal charges for bearing false witness? That circumstance is what makes her charges even more credible against a governor with a reputation for bullying people. Yes, bullyilng. We have seen him to do it to reporters and constituents alike. One can only imagine what happens to polictical foes behind closed doors.

    April 3, 2014 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  8. Norma Vessels

    True to form, the Republican Governor, Chris Christie, and the other Republican leaders, are going after the women involved .. putting them down as emotional, unstable and not prone to reality. True Republican nonsense.

    April 3, 2014 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  9. William Usilton

    Chris Christie is a 33 million dollar joke.

    April 3, 2014 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  10. salty dog

    The gop simply can't stand a woman who won't bow down for them.

    April 3, 2014 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  11. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Christie can deny, dodge and throw more loyal friends under the bus, but he will lose in the end.

    April 3, 2014 08:39 am at 8:39 am |