The Latest Accusation Against Chris Christie Might Be the Most Damning Yet

christieThings just keep getting worse for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.  If the bridge scandal wasn’t bad enough, now he’s being accused of withholding Hurricane Sandy relief funds in an attempt to blackmail the mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey.

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer is alleging that Governor Christie has withheld relief funds in an attempt to get her to sign off on a redevelopment project he wanted approved.

According to Mayor Zimmer, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Richard Constable communicated to her that Hoboken would only receive vital Hurricane Sandy relief funds if she would agree to sign off on a redevelopment project favored by Christie’s office.

If proven to be true, these allegations are extremely damning.

By itself, what Zimmer is alleging would all but officially eliminate any chance Christie had for a 2016 presidential run.  But if proven to be true, it would support the accusations many have alleged against Governor Christie concerning how much he might have to do with the now infamous “bridge scandal.”

Something he’s completely denied having anything to do with — which I still find extremely hard to believe.  Even if he didn’t order it, I just can’t believe all this was going on and he had absolutely no knowledge of it.

And of course he’s completely denying these recent allegations from Mayor Zimmer.

That prompted a stern response from Zimmer:

“I’d be more than willing to testify under oath and answer any questions and provide any documents, take a lie detector test.  And, you know, my question back to them is, ‘Would all of you? Would all of you be willing do that same thing, to testify under oath, to take a lie detector test?’”

I’m sorry, but those words don’t seem like they’re from someone who’s lying.  In fact, they sound like something I would say to someone who’s accusing me of being a liar.

Zimmer has said that of the $100 million Hoboken officials have requested for various relief efforts and structure improvements to prevent future flooding, the city has only received $142,000.

Then Zimmer submitted a letter dated May 8 which implored Christie to provide funding for the town of Hoboken.  Why is that date important?  Well, that’s the same day city officials voted 4-3 against the redevelopment project Zimmer is alleging Christie’s office wanted them to approve.

And that letter never got a response.

Where this story goes from here, who knows at this moment.  But I don’t see what this mayor would have to gain by lying.  And judging by her comments, she sure doesn’t seem afraid to push forward with this story.  I would think someone who’s lying would be a bit more timid about their accusations.  Yet she not only made this situation public, she’s already gone on record saying she’ll testify under oath about it.

I’m extremely interested in where this is going to lead.

But like I said before, if Zimmer’s accusations are proven to be correct, that might open the floodgates on Christie.  Those who might have feared speaking out against Christie before, fearing he might retaliate further, could be much more likely to do so once others begin taking a stand against his corruption.

Because as it stands now, most Americans already don’t trust that he had no knowledge of the bridge scandal (and we still don’t have most of the facts that I’m sure will soon be coming to light in the coming days/weeks), so if he’s caught doing something as deplorable as withholding hurricane relief funds because a mayor wouldn’t do what he wanted — well, nobody will ever trust him again.

And Chris Christie can damn sure kiss his 2016 presidential aspirations goodbye.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • shopper

    If this happened last May, why did she wait so long?

    • Keith

      Possibly for the reason Clifton says, she may have been scared about being retaliated against further if she said anything, but now that his people are falling like dominoes she may have decided to speak out and get help for her constituents.

      • Mainah

        Exactly. Look how they already crippled Fort Lee. That was an example of what would happen if any of them step out of line. Plus, she probably wanted to make sure she had definitive proof. The length of time has nothing to do with the actual acts … that’s simply getting your ducks in a row.

    • Jo Clark

      If you think about it, Christie made a major misstep in his little extortion racket with this mayor. He left her with nothing to lose. Once the development was denied, and it became quite apparent her letters asking for help for Sandy victims were being ignored, what *does* she have to lose then by coming forward? Nada.

  • Keith

    Just great, my mom has slid far right after passing 70 and she considers CC to be an extremely liberal RINO so I won’t stop hearing even more about how bad we liberals are even though we all know he’s a far right conservative.

    • Mainah

      70 and she is a tea partier? Doesn’t she know these are the same people who want to throw her social security money at the private sector that tanked everyone’s 401k’s?

      • David Cutler

        Get facts straight. Her money would not be affected. Nice scare tactics, though.

      • Mainah

        Um … it isn’t a tactic, it’s their credo. It’s what they actually say that social security should be privatized. What part of the republican platform did you misunderstand?

      • David Cutler

        You don’t understand that it would NOT affect people already receiving Social Security, or are about to. That’s why it is a scare tactic to say that it would. What part of English and logic did you misunderstand?

      • Mainah

        Well aren’t you just special. Look, if you want to jump into someone else’s conversation, you probably should read it all. First,I am not talking to the 70 year old and you hugely failed on context, oh bright one. Second, our conversation has to do with what conservatives/TP wants to do with SS. Have a nice day.

        Who has the problem now? Try reading hun.

      • Keith

        Don’t listen to David, he’s an uninformed troll since he has no clue it’s the Conservatives/TP that want to privatize SS and leave it to the ups and downs of the stock market, as well as make Medicare a block grant program that will see her medical care greatly reduced to practically nothing, They have to pay for those massive tax cuts for those wealthy people who don’t create any jobs as evidenced by the 10yrs they had and ended up with a net loss.

    • David Cutler

      CC is not a far right conservative. He is a progressive registered as a Republican, part of the establishment Republicans who are proud to be Democrat-light. Definitely anti-Constitution, pro big government. You can have him.

      • Keith

        Yes he is a far right conservative, he’s just not an extremist right conservative, and he does everything conservatives do to keep destroying America with just a few good things tossed in which keeps him from being extremist like most new Tea Party members are. You seriously need to get your news and info from places other than WND, Breitbart, and Townhall.

      • David Cutler

        There you go making assumptions again. Tea Partiers generally just want to have the government follow the constitution, which Christie definitely does not, nor do you. As for WND, Breitbart and Townhall….Who dat? Okay, I know what they are, I just don’t go there. See what I meant about assumptions?

  • Shaun Kirkwood

    You can stick a fork in Christie’s presidential hopes…

    • strayaway

      I’m guessing that the 1% want to eliminate all of Jeb Bush’s rivals one by one until the big donors are lined up behind Jeb. It was time to let the air out of Christie. That way the 1% will have two reliable dynasty candidates pre-selected so they would win either way.

      Who would want to vote for Christie now that we know he is vindictive and corrupt fouling traffic and withholding funds from his political enemies? We know that, if elected, President Chistie would probably do thing like use the NSA to spy on his enemies and use the IRS to harass and bottle up his enemies. Who ever would want a president like that? Good riddance.

      • Keith

        I get your dis to Obama in this comment. You think you’re so smart. Stop hatin’ on Obama whenever you think you get the opportunity. Like Mitt Romney would have been a better choice. Ya-right.

      • strayaway

        I don’t hate Obama. i think he is a good father. I just don’t like many of his presidential policies. There is a difference. I didn’t vote for Romney either because I didn’t think he would be a good president either. I thought that Romney would serve the same puppet masters.

    • MsYellowDog

      Just might be able to stick a fork in the remainder of his governorship(hope,hope).

  • Mainah

    I guess people aren’t afraid of the big bad wolf anymore. Huff and puff Christie but it’s your house going down this time!

  • Pat

    I may be way off base, but does anyone else think that the Republicans, (Tea Party group especially) doesn’t want him to be their Presidential candidate in 2016, and they have people trying to destroy his reputation? Not that he hasn’t done these things he is being accused of, but it’s like they are trying to find dirt on him wherever they can. He’s really not extreme right enough for them. They want someone like Scott Walker, not Christie. I don’t know if I am right or wrong, but something seems fishy to me.

    • Michael Scott Witty

      If it is clean to begin with then the dirt isn’t there either. Mind it!

  • Caroljo

    Good for the Mayor of Hoboken,everyone seems to be so intimidated by the bully!

  • Pipercat

    This type of scandal is amazing to watch. This is the worst thing that can happen to the Governor and his future ambitions.

  • Gail Nugent

    I thought their was hope for this Republican but Chris Christie has cooked his goose for sure and his reputation will never recover.

  • Lura

    Let’s hope more comes out about Christie and his lies. Then maybe someone will recall him or he can be removed from office.

  • estfar

    Chris Christie can kiss his chances to the White House good bye now. I’ve always said that he operates like a made man….this state deserves something better than that god awful “New Jersey Strong” bull. This is typical Republican crap, strong arming folks and threatening –this is what teapublicans have been doing to our government for the past five years. It wasn’t enough that under their stewardship they collapsed the economy and gutted all the good programs that helped citizens in need. And let’s get one thing straight, the Tea Party is a Koch brothers funded group similar to the Brown Shirts in pre-Nazi Germany when big business backed Hitler’s Brown Shirts right into World War II and the Nazi take over.

    • David Cutler

      No, this is progressive crap.

  • moe/larry & curly keys

    I actually heard a regressive white trash republican say ” Christie apologized,,,,,so….?”
    funny how that didn’t apply to Obama apologizing about the rollout of ACA
    silly tea party crybabies

  • Brian Frang

    And there went literally the only reason I had for trusting that Christie didn’t know about Bridgegate. How disappointing,

  • susan slater

    He “says he is not a bully” though he has said people should take a bat to Senator Loretta Weinberg , the senate Democratic leader, who is an elderly widow. & that democrats are animals.He is a liar.

  • Minor Mishap

    Too bad this all is coming to light so soon. It would have been a wonderful scenario to have all of this surface right after he won the Republican nomination.

  • Leslie Todd

    Christie came down hard on Congress because they didn’t immediately agree to give him the 60 $ billion he wanted for his state and now is withholding those funds to Democrat Mayors for their cities ……….. I have never trust him from day one when he cancelled a 12 $ billion project the former GOV. had put in place .

  • Matthew Reece

    These accusations are quite damning if true, but one must wonder why Zimmer waited until now to come forward. It may not be piling on, but it certainly looks like it.