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Hoboken mayor meets with U.S. investigators in Christie probe

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer's allegations against Gov. Chris Christie's office raised questions about her credibility and her timing. NBC's Michael Isikoff reports.

The New Jersey mayor who accused Gov. Chris Christie's administration of holding hurricane relief funds hostage met Sunday with federal investigators looking into Christie's alleged political retaliation and strong-arm tactics, the mayor said.

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer confirmed in a statement that she met privately "for several hours" with investigators for the office of the U.S. attorney for New Jersey.


At the meeting, which she said came at investigators' request, Zimmer "provided them with my journal and other documents," she said.

"As they pursue this investigation, I will provide any requested information and testify under oath about the facts of what happened when the Lieutenant Governor [Kim Guadagno] came to Hoboken and told me that Sandy aid would be contingent on moving forward with a private development project," she said.

Zimmer, a Democrat, told msnbc on Saturday that she requested $127 million in hurricane relief but had so far received only $142,000 to defray the cost of a single back-up generator, plus an additional $200,000 in recovery grants.

Both Christie, who is seen as a leading contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, and Richard Constable, his community affairs commissioner, denied Zimmer's claims.

Colin Reed, a spokesman for Christie, said in a statement to NBC News that the msnbc report was the result of "partisan politics" and charged that the network "has been openly hostile to Governor Christie and almost gleeful in their efforts attacking him."

The investigation by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman's office is just one of several that were launched after it was reported that Christie aides ordered the closing of two access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in September, gridlocking the city of Fort Lee for four days, in an act of alleged political retaliation.


Christie's office, 17 of his allies and two other organizations were issued subpoenas by a special state investigative committee on Friday.

Among them was David Samson, chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told the Bergen Record on Sunday that he has agreed to represent Samson in the investigation.

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