Lawyer for Christie administration seeking documents, interview with Hoboken mayor
Sunday, February 9, 2014 Last updated: Sunday February 9, 2014, 7:48 PM
BY SHAWN BOBURG
A team of $650-per-hour attorneys representing Governor Christie’s office is seeking documents and a private interview with the Hoboken mayor, whose explosive allegations are a focal point of an ongoing federal probe — that the Christie administration tied Sandy recovery money to approval of a real estate project.
In letters obtained by The Record, lawyer Randy Mastro asked that Mayor Dawn Zimmer and four other Hoboken officials provide his legal team with documents already handed over to federal investigators. Authorities are looking into Zimmer’s claims that she was pressed to support a developer represented by the law firm of David Samson, the chairman of the Port Authority and a Christie confidant.
FBI questions aides to Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, report says
HOBOKEN — FBI agents have begun questioning aides to Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer as they investigate her allegations that members of the Christie administration pressured her to support a development project in exchange for Hurricane Sandy relief money, according to an NBC News report.
According to the report, Dan Bryan, Zimmer’s chief of staff, and Juan Melli, her communications director, are among at least five witnesses Zimmer told the FBI could confirm earlier conversations she said she had about the threats from the administration.
On Saturday, Zimmer told MSNBC that she was pressured by the Christie administration to approve a development deal with the Rockefeller Group, alleging Hoboken would get Sandy relief aid if she agreed to support the project. (Nix/Star-Ledger)
Bridgeaplooza : Bergen Record Continues to Push Hoboken mayor’s tenuous claims
Hoboken mayor worried no one would believe Christie threats
SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2014 LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY JANUARY 19, 2014, 10:44 PM
BY MINJAE PARK
HOBOKEN — Mayor Dawn Zimmer said she didn’t go public with her claim that the Christie administration threatened to withhold Superstorm Sandy aid if she didn’t fast-track a politically connected real estate project because she feared no one would believe her.
In interviews on Sunday, many of her constituents said her story rang true, especially after the scandal that has emerged related to the September traffic jam in Fort Lee caused by closures to access lanes to the George Washington Bridge that have been linked to Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly.