Attorney: Zimmer testified she doesn’t keep a journal…in July
posted at 3:56 pm on January 27, 2014 by Guy Benson
Over the weekend, Jazz caught you up on Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s disintegrating accusations against Chris Christie’s administration. 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.
Zayas’ claim is “baseless,” say Zimmer’s people. And why is that? No comment. Remember, the only hard “evidence” backing Zimmer’s account is a diary entry she says she authored last May. But according to this attorney, she asserted in a sworn deposition in July that she doesn’t keep a journal:
“When you have meetings regarding day-to-day activities involving Hoboken business with your department heads, do you memorialize any of the conversation that takes place yourself?” Zayas asked in the deposition.
Zimmer replied, “No, I don’t transcribe it.”
Zayas then asked if she writes “notes in a calendar or some sort of memo pad that says follow up on a text or this was said during this meeting; anything that would help you recall what was said during the course of the meeting?”
Zimmer replied, “No, I don’t.”
I suppose Zimmer could argue that this line of questioning didn’t explicitly cover a personal diary, or that the question dealt narrowly with discussions with department heads. But it still strikes me as pretty comprehensive in nature. Zimmer was asked if she keeps a record of conversations that take place over the course of conducting official city business. She said no. Her entire story against Christie hinges on a diary entry detailing her alleged discussions with two state officials. Did this journal not cross her mind when she was being deposed? Did she abandon her journaling habit some time between May and July? A liberal Star-Ledger columnist wrote a piece yesterday detailing the reasons why Zimmer is “probably” telling the truth, while conceding that no verifying evidence may ever emerge. Allow me to summarize: (1) Because Zimmer says so. (2) Because her recollection is unequivocal. (3) The diary! (4) She has said nice things about Christie in the past. (5) The allegations fit a “pattern” of Christie bullying. The only remotely compelling item on his entire list is a link to an MSNBC story that quotes a Hoboken city council member who now claims Zimmer told him about the shakedown threats last spring. David Mello is described in the piece as a “Zimmer ally” who “strongly opposed Christie’s re-election.” So Zimmer alerted Mello that Team Christie was playing filthy politics with Sandy relief aid several months prior to Christie’s re-election — which he staunchly opposed — yet he also chose not to mention it to anyone until now? Okay. Finally, for what it’s worth, this columnist also penned an item last week reveling in Christie’s declining poll numbers. Oh, and by the way, Hoboken wasn’t denied any Sandy relief aid.
The press served up heavy coverage of Zimmer’s explosive story early last week; it fed into their juicy “swirling scandals!” storyline leading up to Christie’s second inauguration. Follow-up reporting on the matter has been curiously scant, even as major developments have impacted the story in which they were super interested just a few days ago. This is a laboratory-pure example of the phenomenon Rush Limbaugh describes as the “drive by media.”