Things 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.