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Hoboken Mayor Calls Christie a Bully, Releases More Journal Entries

Bridgegate Panel Issues Four New Subpoenas

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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In a letter to the New Jersey Legislature, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer said the reason she did not come forward to reveal Gov. Chris Christie's threat to withhold Sandy aid was because she feared the U.S. Attorney's office was too friendly to the governor.

In an attachment, she provided a copy of four journal pages that have her notes from a conversation with Hoboken's attorney. In her scrawl, it says:

"I have now heard it from Lt. Gov & Com. Constable. Yes — this is illegal. I debated with Joe Maraziti whether or not to go to US Attorney — we decided that Christie has friends throughout US Attorney's office — not much chance in getting help from them & it could create a nightmare for us. A little bit scary to realize that there's nowhere to turn for help against this threat from Gov Christie — my best defense is to stand up to the bully — my beloved Gov who wants to run for president."

Christie ran the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark before becoming governor.

In the letter, Zimmer told the New Jersey Legislature that she and other whistle-blowers need to be protected from Christie. She was prompted to write the letter, she said, because the governor wants to make it a crime for elected officials to fail to promptly report misconduct. 

Subpoenas Issued

Also, the New Jersey Legislature issued four more subpoenas requesting that top officials testify before its Bridgegate investigative committee.

The committee asked for testimony from Christie's spokesman Michael Drewniak as well as Christina Renna, a staffer who worked under Bridget Kelly. Kelly is the deputy chief of staff who penned the email "time for traffic problems in Fort Lee."

The committee also recalled Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye and a member of the agency's board, William "Pat" Schuber. The hearings are scheduled for early May.

“With these subpoenas for testimony, the joint committee is moving to a key stage of its investigation into how this abuse of government power and threat to public safety occurred," said a joint statement by Sen. Loretta Weinberg and Assemblyman John Wisniewski. "And the four people we’ve called to testify can begin providing insight into the troubling environment that allowed something as concerning as these lane closings to happen."

Letter from Dawn Zimmer to NJ Democratic Leaders

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Comments [3]

pat hoy

Christie makes my skin crawl- an obese loudmouth, a bully in every meaning of the word. It would be most enjoyable to watch this former US Attorney be sent to a federal prison by the current US Attorney- for the fat boy to be hoisted upon his own petard- but it would have to be a sturdy petard to hoist this fat sack of s---.

Apr. 23 2014 04:41 PM
sylvia from New Jersey

This man has fooled the people of NJ into thinking he's a "man of the people". While he plays his games and bullies anyone who disagrees with him, he hugs the poor folks who really think he's going to help with Sandy recovery... great photo opportunities for a governor whose state unemployment rate is going up while the national rate is going down; who has left children without the means to get a good education and while all of his buddies are making money on the backs of the same people who are posing for pictures with him.
"Bully" is a kind description.

Apr. 23 2014 08:13 AM
bob from nj from nj

Christie is a Governor who corrupts everything he touches: The Port Authority, the NJ AG office, which has shown no interest in investigating his scandals, the Sandy recovery effort, which has contracts and resources directed to donors and supporters, and now, evidently the Federal Prosecutor's office.

Apr. 23 2014 07:54 AM

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