Hoboken Mayor: I Feared No One Would Believe Gov. Office's Sandy Funding Threat

Dawn Zimmer met for several hours Sunday with members of the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer said Sunday she kept quiet for months because she feared retaliation if no one believed her claims that Gov. Chris Christie's administration threatened to withhold Sandy funds if a city development project did not move forward.

Zimmer dropped a bombshell on Saturday when she told MSNBC's Steve Kornacki that Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno Richard Constable, the current commissioner of community affairs, Lori Grifa, the former commissioner, and others pressured her to approve a city redevelopment project.

The Hoboken mayor appeared Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" and told host Candy Crowley she didn't come forward sooner because she felt no one would believe her and thought it would put Hoboken in a worse position. 

But Zimmer decided to speak out when she saw "parallels" between her situation and the "Bridgegate" scandal.

Christie's office has denied Zimmer's accusations.

Zimmer said she spent several hours Sunday with members of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark at the request of prosecutors.

“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 in a prepared statement.
Ridgewood Mom January 30, 2014 at 12:13 PM
My concern is not about whether a company tries to make money. My concern is with how. More pertinently, I am concerned about the role of "repeated pressure from politically connected lawyers working for"... "the Christie administration." Big problem there.
Carol Harrison January 30, 2014 at 01:09 PM
Cassandra, I didn't say it was inappropriate, you made that judgement. Just as the readers will make their own. Ridgewood Mom, Very important questions, that I hope get answered. I also find their methods of making money worth careful evaluation. Motive, Method.
I am Spartacus January 30, 2014 at 08:27 PM
Cassadra still can't figure out that Hoboken has changed. Those of us who want a government that is beholden to the residents run things now. And the candidates who are willing to blindly approve redevelopment plans sight unseen, 40 story towers and turn the city over to just about any developer who comes knocking lost.
cassandra January 31, 2014 at 12:29 AM
Readers, read the New York Times article referenced above and reach your own conclusions. I do not respond to personal attacks.
puzzledone January 31, 2014 at 07:34 AM
Done. I understand Rockefeller and hobokens positions. Now why in the world was the state setting up meetings between the two? That's the part that stinks.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »