It seems that problems won’t be going away for Gov. Chris Christie any time soon, as the Mayor of Hoboken, Dawn Zimmer, has accused him of withholding relief funds for Superstorm Sandy for spiteful reasons.
In an interview with CNN this morning, she said Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno told her that she wouldn’t get the necessary funding to help her town until she supported a real estate venture that Christie was putting together. And according to Zimmer, Guadagno told her that the ultimatum was coming directly from the governor himself.
“This project is really important to the governor,” Zimmer says she was told. “This was a direct message from the governor.”
And although she was told this quite some time ago, Zimmer says she’s now coming forward because she didn’t think people would buy her story.
“I didn’t think anyone would believe me,” she said. “I probably should have come forward sooner, but I really didn’t think anyone would believe me.” And it seems Zimmer is speaking out now, because Gov. Christie’s reputation has been tainted since the whole George Washington Bridge scandal, so it’s more likely that people will believe what she’s saying now.
Additionally, Zimmer says although she’s a loyal Democrat, she stayed out of the political back-and-fourths with Republicans, so it was a shock to her when Guadagno gave her the alleged ultimatum. “I haven’t been a part of the Democratic machine,” she said. “I did have a really good relationship [with Gov. Christie] so I couldn’t believe they were doing this.”
But regardless of the accusation coming out long after she was told about the funding, she says she’s not making anything up and she’ll go toe-to-toe with anyone who wants to question what she’s saying. “I stand by my word,” she stated. “They were holding our Sandy funds hostage.”
So far, there’s been no response from Gov. Christie or Lt. Gov. Guadagno.
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