Update: That NJ mayor’s Christie story still isn’t a controversy

posted at 9:31 pm on January 27, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

In a true case of Drive-By Media coverage, we saw a ton of news about Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s allegations of Christie wrongdoing, precious little evaluation of any evidence she brought forth, and now that every piece of evidence is disappearing or debunked, lo and behold no one is covering this story. They do swirling allegations, not swirling exonerations.

When last I wrote of Mayor Dawn Zimmer, she was a woman of many stories and several diary entries, a handful of pro-Christie tweets, and the inexplicable decision to keep her story of strongarming to herself until the governor was reelected. She also had fellow Democratic mayors refuting her version of events, and no one had convincingly illustrated the city of Hoboken had suffered any financial harm because of the gubernatorial vendetta she alleged.

This weekend, the AP (and credit to them for analyzing, though the analysis would have been helpful with the initial MSNBC reporting of these allegations) determined that Hoboken’s Sandy relief money was on par with other cities:

Jazz, quoting AP:

The city whose Democratic mayor said GOP Gov. Chris Christie’s administration tied Superstorm Sandy aid to her support for a real estate project has, so far, received a level of aid from state-run programs that is similar to what other towns got, a review of grant data shows. Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer is no longer discussing her allegations that New Jersey’s second-largest city has been shortchanged on Sandy funds, that its aid is being held “hostage” as political leverage or that she feared further retribution in the next round of funding.

Guy also provides the full breakdown of the state level aid data. As you’ll see, Hoboken received $142,080 in aid which was precisely the same as 39 other communities of similar size. When Zimmer’s spokesman, Juan Melli, was asked about the claims that Hoboken was shortchanged this week, his response seemed strangely different than his boss’s previous tale.

This leaves Zimmer’s diary entries as the only intact evidence of Christie’s wrongdoing. Guy, again, following local reporting on the matter:

Here’s yet another strand of evidence, via the Newark Star Ledger:

In July 2013, Zimmer was questioned by attorney Louis Zayas, who was representing former Hoboken public safety director Angel Alicea in a wrongful termination suit. On Friday, during an interview with a local news outlet, Hudson County TV, Zayas accused Zimmer of concealing the existence of her diary in that deposition. Reached tonight by The Star-Ledger, Zayas repeated his claims. “When we asked her about that journal, she claimed she didn’t have one,” Zayas said. “Now she’s claiming that she has a diary or calendar of some sort that she wrote down this incident between the lieutenant governor and herself.” … Zimmer declined to comment through a spokesman, citing a request from the U.S. Attorney’s Office to not give interviews. The spokesman, Juan Melli, said Zayas’ claims were baseless.


A New Jersey liberal columnist offers a piece
that’s emblematic of the journalistic irresponsibility necessary to keep this story alive. In it, he manages to be a vocal supporter of Zimmer’s evidence-less version of events because Christie is guilty until proven innocent or something and horribly personally insulting to the woman he believes without evidence, making claims about her mental health, ahem, without evidence (“She could be a psychotic liar.”). There seems to be a pattern, here.


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And Ambassador Stevens….
and some brave seals…

isn’t a story either..

Electrongod on January 27, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Just another Democrat lying under oath. In other news, water is wet.

climbnjump on January 27, 2014 at 9:39 PM

…she nuts…like the rest of them!…sure there’s nothing too report!

KOOLAID2 on January 27, 2014 at 9:46 PM

This woman is as ugly as Noeline Burke. You Aussies would remember her as well as some of you Limeys.

Lanceman on January 27, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Well, this attack is looking less and less credible, so I’m sure the media will pivot back to the bridge closing story, or come up with something else. I still don’t care to defend Christie.

Fenris on January 27, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Actually, it does sound a lot like a controversy. I would encourage Christie’s lawyers to pursue the controversy rather than let it die.

Buddahpundit on January 27, 2014 at 9:54 PM

They do swirling allegations, not swirling exonerations.

Price you pay for having a R in front of your name(even if you’re a RINO). They’ll just flip back to fat jokes that would suddenly be offensive if he was a Democrat.

gsherin on January 27, 2014 at 10:01 PM

All of bridgegate will fade and go away. More people have been delayed in traffic, thanks to snow than the 4 days of lane closure.

tjexcite on January 27, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Actually, it does sound a lot like a controversy. I would encourage Christie’s lawyers to pursue the controversy rather than let it die.

Buddahpundit on January 27, 2014 at 9:54 PM

You betcha, It’s definitely a controversy two ways. The mayor is clearly a liar and maybe a criminal. Second, the MFM pushed the Hoboken mayor’s lies without research or question as another in-kind contribution to Hillary’s campaign.

And I don’t even think the news people who push these lies are even getting payola. They are just pathetic suck-ups who will do anything to be seen as part of the in-crowd. Or as Tina Fey says, “you are unpaid prostitute. You are lower than dog”

forest on January 27, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Jon Corzine, the venal former governor of NJ, Obama crony campaign bundler, and corrupt head of MF Global who bilked investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars, is still not a scandal.

What’s new?

locomotivebreath1901 on January 27, 2014 at 10:40 PM

The media double-standard… it’s getting worse.

MT on January 27, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Christie is getting alinskied. What does truth have to do with it?

Viator on January 28, 2014 at 6:25 AM

“Jon Corzine, the venal former governor of NJ, Obama crony campaign bundler, and corrupt head of MF Global who bilked investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars,…”

It was a cool billion $$$ of client funds Corzine illegally burned through, and the SEC, CFTC, IRS (etc) haven’t lifted a finger to start outfitting him for an orange jumpsuit.

TC@LeatherPenguin on January 28, 2014 at 7:54 AM

Remember when another Democrat had an issue with a diary? Jump into the way-back machine, kiddies!

By now you’ve likely forgotten the name of Josh Steiner, the Bill Clinton aide who feebly testified that he had lied to his own diary when recording events of the time. But you haven’t forgotten the pitifulness of the spectacle. (Breitbart)

Pitiful and hilarious.

BigAlSouth on January 28, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Another lying Democrat. So what’s new?

WestTexasBirdDog on January 28, 2014 at 11:37 AM