Democratic mayor, eyewitness to alleged Christie strongarming: Nope, didn’t hear it

posted at 8:11 pm on January 20, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

As Ed wrote this morning and Guy Benson has covered exhaustively all weekend, the allegations mounted by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer on MSNBC now amount to several diary entries and a bunch of holes.

First, the central question. Did Hoboken get fewer Sandy funds than it needed or deserved? Are there actual damages to which one might tie this alleged political corruption? The original MSNBC report played fast and loose with the numbers to leave that impression, but the reality is Hoboken got millions in relief funds, but perhaps not in the exact amounts Zimmer was requesting. Guy Benson:

The original MSNBC story leaves the distinct impression that the city received less than $350,000 in aid out of a $127 million request. In fact, Christie’s office points out, Hoboken has benefited from nearly $70 million in federal and state recovery and relief funding — which they say is commensurate with aid received by similarly situated municipalities. They emphasize that not a single grant application from Hoboken was denied. MSNBC’s report, Christie aides say, conflated total aid with the much narrower issue of “hazard mitigation” funds. They concede that Zimmer did, in fact, request more than $100 million in hazard mitigation assistance — which at the time accounted for more than one-third of the entire available budget allocated for that purpose.

Her story has changed. First, it was that Christie withheld Sandy funds because she didn’t endorse him, according to this New Jersey reporter:

In the second version of the story, the retaliation is over a development deal.

Zimmer waited almost a year to reveal the Christie administration’s alleged strongarming, leaving it hidden even as he ran for reelection.

She tweeted awfully nice things in August about a guy who had allegedly threatened her city:

Some of the alleged strongarming took place on a TV set, with Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable, where no audio or video of the conversation was captured. Now, one of the eye witnesses to that encounter, a fellow Democratic mayor, says no such thing went down.

Zimmer, a Democrat, stuck by her story Sunday. She said her conversation with Constable occurred May 16 at Monmouth University prior to their appearance as panelists on a TV event produced by NJTV.

NJTV doesn’t have any pre-broadcast audio records from that event, said Debra Falk, a spokeswoman.

Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty, who also was a panelist, said he didn’t hear a conversation between Zimmer and Constable.

“I sat next to Mayor Zimmer and, if I recall correctly, (Constable) was on my other side,” Doherty said.

Doherty, also a Democrat, said Belmar hasn’t faced delays in receiving recovery money.

“The administration has always been cooperative and professional and encouraged us to contact them right away if there’s anything we need,” Doherty said.

Zimmer brought her story to light on MSNBC on Saturday and in an interview on CNN said the alleged quid pro quo offer from the high-ranking administration was “a direct message from the governor.”

If Christie’s not your 2016 cup of tea, fine. If it turns out he did know about Bridgegate after claiming not to, he’s in serious trouble. Plenty can oppose him for either of those reasons, but until Zimmer has something more than her own diary entries, which contradict eye witnesses and her own tweets, this should not be the story that turns anyone against him.


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Damn, fat-boy is everywhere. BOR & Britt Hume are discussing him right now…

OmahaConservative on January 20, 2014 at 8:17 PM

He should sue MSNBC, NBC, and Comcast for defamation.

SouthernGent on January 20, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Christie gets more attention then…..

Obama…

Or the spouse thingy…

Electrongod on January 20, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Remember when the head of MSNBC said that his station is not the place for “breaking news”?

They give it a shot and fail so epically it’s not funny.

Spliff Menendez on January 20, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Fear the Dough Nut.

Key West Reader on January 20, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Or the spouse thingy…

Electrongod on January 20, 2014 at 8:22 PM

After the past 7 years of building the Obamas out to be the greatest family in the history of Earth, I’m curious how the MSM is going to spin the divorce we all know is coming sooner or later.

Spliff Menendez on January 20, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Donut…Again…

Arrrrgh!

workingclass artist on January 20, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Electrongod on January 20, 2014 at 8:22 PM

After the past 7 years of building the Obamas out to be the greatest family in the history of Earth, I’m curious how the MSM is going to spin the divorce we all know is coming sooner or later.

Spliff Menendez on January 20, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Beards are forever.

Key West Reader on January 20, 2014 at 8:26 PM

I’m curious how the MSM is going to spin the divorce we all know is coming sooner or later.

Spliff Menendez on January 20, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Just like the Clintons…

They are spreading their wings….

Electrongod on January 20, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Pro-amnesty Christie is going down and going down hard.

Hopefully this hurts, if not kills, his chances at the GOP nomination. Dem-lite liberal Christie would have lost to Hillary in a landslide.

I am hoping we nominate a conservative for president.

bluegill on January 20, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Given Christie’s stances on gun control and immigration, he’s never been “my cup of tea”, and never will be.

Rovin on January 20, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Clearly Hotgas needs to be placed on a 12-step Cristie addiction withdrawal program. If that doesn’t work, maybe an exorcism.

VorDaj on January 20, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Tom Moran, the author of the Star Ledger essay claiming the Governor’s best days are behind him, heads the SL editorial board, and has been on a mission to defame Christie, with non-stop negative coverage, ever since Christie refuted his claim he was being too tough on the teachers and public sector unions, which have run and ruined New Jersey for the past forty years. The SL editorial board is literally printing five editorials a day attacking the Governor and mocking anyone that questions their partisanship and pants wetting joy they have shown regarding these allegations. The latest, Hoboken allegation, was made by a Democratic politician to MSNBC and then immediately blown sky hig by the SL and a credulous national media. 8 months after the fact? So what. Changed her story in the last 8 days? Big deal. Partisan axe to grind? All the better. Dislike Christie if you want, but having a Democratic controlled media takedown of another Republican, after Palin, Romney etc.., will not benefit conservatives in the long run. They are perfected the destructive method they will use on anyone that dares challenges Hillary in 2016.

ephfan on January 20, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Beyond Bridgegate: Ignoring the Elephant in the Room

The significance of Bridgegate, however extensive, pales in comparison to Christie’s deeply troubling relationships with terrorist-sympathizers and supporters in the New Jersey Muslim community. He has sheltered known Islamists from law enforcement, excused their hateful rhetoric, ignored threats to national security, criticized legitimate law enforcement activities, and dismissed constitutional rights — all to pander to a Muslim constituency.

That someone of Christie’s leanings could wield the power of a U.S. attorney and then a governor is concerning enough. To imagine him at the helm of the country is a frightening prospect.

VorDaj on January 20, 2014 at 8:39 PM

I’ve enjoyed scrambling the liberals’ heads over at Politico on this issue.

“If Christie can use 1.4 billion in Sandy money to extort “favors”, shouldn’t we ask what Obama and Biden did with 987 billion?”

Rovin on January 20, 2014 at 8:41 PM

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canopfor on January 20, 2014 at 11:46 AM

canopfor on January 20, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Anybody heard from the FBI investigation into the Benghazi scandal..?

d1carter on January 20, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Pro-amnesty Christie is going down and going down hard.

Hopefully this hurts, if not kills, his chances at the GOP nomination. Dem-lite liberal Christie would have lost to Hillary in a landslide.

I am hoping we nominate a conservative for president.

bluegill on January 20, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Allowing the MSM/Democrats to veto GOP candidates doesn’t help. It’ll happen to your favorite candidate as soon as he is front runner. I’d rather defeat Christie via the primaries.

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canopfor on January 20, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Is Zimmer related to Wendy Davis?If not whatever they have is going around.

docflash on January 20, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Anybody heard from the FBI investigation into the Benghazi scandal..?

d1carter on January 20, 2014 at 8:45 PM

They are waiting for the bridge to be open….

/

Electrongod on January 20, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Anybody heard from the FBI investigation into the Benghazi scandal..?

d1carter on January 20, 2014 at 8:45 PM

d1carter:

Kind of,..the MSM isn’t interested,..they are
Orgasmically Titillated in BOINKING OVER a GOP’R
in setting up a Narrative for the Senate Election,

and 2016, as Evil Doers,…..even tho,..Corrupto/
Criminal Hopey/Changey has been Evil Doing since he
was Community Crock-Shit Stirring waaaaaaay back be
fore 2008,..into the current time of now!!

** Le Sigh **!!:)

canopfor on January 20, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Soooooooooooooooooooooo,

Thye DemTards are PLAYING POLITICS.

Say It Ain’t So Joe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on January 20, 2014 at 8:55 PM

After the past 7 years of building the Obamas out to be the greatest family in the history of Earth, I’m curious how the MSM is going to spin the divorce we all know is coming sooner or later.

Spliff Menendez on January 20, 2014 at 8:25 PM

.
Easy ….. it’ll be because of all of the stress, caused by right-wingers who have been fighting ‘tooth-and-nail’ against the President’s agenda.

That’s exactly what the cause of their divorce will be, according to the sycophantic, lapdog Journalists, which means most Journalists.

listens2glenn on January 20, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Is Zimmer related to Wendy Davis?If not whatever they have is going around.

docflash on January 20, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Yes, of course, they’re related. They’re liberal democrats, who lie even if the truth sounds better.

TXUS on January 20, 2014 at 8:58 PM

After the past 7 years of building the Obamas out to be the greatest family in the history of Earth, I’m curious how the MSM is going to spin the divorce we all know is coming sooner or later.

Spliff Menendez on January 20, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Didn’t the drive bys blame conservatives for tipper leaving algore?

rightside on January 20, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Tom Moran, the author of the Star Ledger essay claiming the Governor’s best days are behind him, heads the SL editorial board, and has been on a mission to defame Christie, with non-stop negative coverage, ever since Christie refuted his claim he was being too tough on the teachers and public sector unions, which have run and ruined New Jersey for the past forty years. The SL editorial board is literally printing five editorials a day attacking the Governor and mocking anyone that questions their partisanship and pants wetting joy they have shown regarding these allegations. The latest, Hoboken allegation, was made by a Democratic politician to MSNBC and then immediately blown sky hig by the SL and a credulous national media. 8 months after the fact? So what. Changed her story in the last 8 days? Big deal. Partisan axe to grind? All the better. Dislike Christie if you want, but having a Democratic controlled media takedown of another Republican, after Palin, Romney etc.., will not benefit conservatives in the long run. They are perfected the destructive method they will use on anyone that dares challenges Hillary in 2016.

ephfan on January 20, 2014 at 8:35 PM

You will now be accused of supporting Christie.

Basilsbest on January 20, 2014 at 9:01 PM

d1carter on January 20, 2014 at 8:45 PM

They are waiting for the bridge to be open….

/

Electrongod on January 20, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Electrongod: You mean, GaffeBiden and Hopey changed their vote on Funds for
rebuilding New Orleans (Katrina) Bridge,…oh poop, wrong brid
ge,….I was almost thinking of “The Bridge To NoWhere”!:)

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Rmember that No Funds thingy in New Orleans that
GaffeBiden and Hopey wouldn’t vote for the bridge
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September 10, 2008 7:30 A.M.

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canopfor on October 5, 2010 at 9:36 PM

canopfor on January 20, 2014 at 9:01 PM

After the past 7 years of building the Obamas out to be the greatest family in the history of Earth, I’m curious how the MSM is going to spin the divorce we all know is coming sooner or later.

Spliff Menendez on January 20, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Spliff Menendez:

You mean, thats kinda why,..Moma Obama is acting like she is single
(Hawiian Trip), and its not really related to stress of being FLOTUS,

and her interviews of possible plastic surgery/botox operations!:)

canopfor on January 20, 2014 at 9:05 PM

After the past 7 years of building the Obamas out to be the greatest family in the history of Earth, I’m curious how the MSM is going to spin the divorce we all know is coming sooner or later.

Spliff Menendez on January 20, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Easy. They’ll cover their respective post-divorce, same-sex marriages as being enlightening and something that all Americans should celebrate, and the importance that will have to all children, like the Obama girls, who are being raised in a divorced household and then in same-sex homes as well.

It’s the perfect day at the beach for the LSM. Plus, they’ll say, it would be the kind of thing that Martin Luther King would’ve sanctioned, no further from the truth.

TXUS on January 20, 2014 at 9:05 PM

I wonder how many Democrat mayors Team Hilary had to go to before they found one who would lie for them? (not very well, I might add.)

ctmom on January 20, 2014 at 9:06 PM

CNN and msdnc…. gotta have their squirrel

cmsinaz on January 20, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Forest has it right…why would conservatives who constantly spout their hatred of the MSM (for good reason) want to give that media the satisfaction of taking down Christie?

Every Republican the MSM drums out of the political arena just encourages and empowers them to do it again, and again, and again.

So you don’t want Christie as the nominee. Fine. Let the political process sort that out. Or are conservatives so afraid that they won’t be able to stop Christie that they are willing to team up with the corrupt media to mortally wound him?

If you refuse to defend Christie against the current media vendetta (or, as some here are doing, actually cheer them on) don’t be surprised when the eventual nominee is the victim of the same kind of treatment. Only much, much worse.

Meredith on January 20, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Anybody heard from the FBI investigation into the Benghazi scandal..?

d1carter on January 20, 2014 at 8:45 PM

It turned out that , at this point, it didn’t make much of a difference.

BoxHead1 on January 20, 2014 at 9:17 PM

If you refuse to defend Christie against the current media vendetta (or, as some here are doing, actually cheer them on) don’t be surprised when the eventual nominee is the victim of the same kind of treatment. Only much, much worse.
Meredith on January 20, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Cry me a river, liberal Meredith.

I don’t recall you ever once posting here to defend Cruz or Palin from media attacks. Every one of your comments on this blog is an attack on conservatives who don’t want to support liberal candidates like pro-amnesty Christie.

Sorry you’re upset that Dem-lite Christie is tanking early, but it’s for the best.

Progressive Dem-lite Christie would lose in a landslide to Hillary.

bluegill on January 20, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Don Zimmer was better looking when he was fat

rik on January 20, 2014 at 9:26 PM

If you refuse to defend Christie against the current media vendetta (or, as some here are doing, actually cheer them on) don’t be surprised when the eventual nominee is the victim of the same kind of treatment. Only much, much worse.

Meredith on January 20, 2014 at 9:15 PM

I like to turn that around and ask why should conservatives care about a man who spat in their face in order to gain points with the MSM that is now turning on him?

Tasha on January 20, 2014 at 10:19 PM

I like to turn that around and ask why should conservatives care about a man who spat in their face in order to gain points with the MSM that is now turning on him?

Tasha on January 20, 2014 at 10:19 PM

…bingo!

KOOLAID2 on January 21, 2014 at 12:15 AM

…I thought he lost weight!…what was that pic?

KOOLAID2 on January 21, 2014 at 12:52 AM

…I thought he lost weight!…what was that pic?

KOOLAID2 on January 21, 2014 at 12:52 AM

He just don’t care anymore. New Jersey’s very own Jabba the Hut. Or fat basturd, your pick.

arnold ziffel on January 21, 2014 at 2:20 AM

A Democrat lied?!?!? That just cannot be!!!! ///

Bitter Clinger on January 21, 2014 at 6:54 AM

christy is a democrat, always has been. i’m done voting for the progressiverepublican/rove choice, i’ll never do it again.

tm11999 on January 21, 2014 at 7:36 AM

The liberals are going to parade an endless stream of liars in front of the press until either the next presidential election, or Christie declares himself out of the race. I expect at least one made-up scandal per month until then.

cajunpatriot on January 21, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Aside from the partisan attacks by the Dems based on incidents created at the proper time to support their accusations, has anyone checked to see how much of the 127 million dollars the crybabies in the Northeast actually used for disaster relief? Anyone want to bet a lion’s share went into political coffers and crony’s bank accounts?

iamsaved on January 21, 2014 at 10:17 AM