Mayor Zimmer letter to State investigative oversight committee explains SandyGate “nightmare”
A letter from Mayor Zimmer to the State investigative committee looking into the BridgeGate and SandyGate scandals addresses for the first time her reason for not going public sooner when she was allegedly pressured to approve the billion dollar Rockefeller project.
According to a Star Ledger story, Mayor Zimmer felt links between the governor and the US Attorneys Office would make coming forward “a nightmare.”
The story says she discussed the dilemma when it first surfaced with Hoboken land use attorney Joe Maritziti. The Hoboken City Council recently voted its approval permitting the City attorney to waive attorney-client privilege so he could fully cooperate with a subpoena issued from the US Attorney’s Office in Newark.
At the time of the incident with the Lt. Governor, Kim Guadagno, the mayor maintained notes in a personal journal and additional entries were photographed and recently shared with the State investigative committee.
The story reveals an excerpt of the mayor’s letter to the committee which says in part:
“I have now heard it from Lt. Gov. and Com. Constable,” she says in apparent reference to the threats to her Sandy aid, which she says were made by both Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable. “Yes – this is illegal. I debated with Joe Marzati whether or not to go to US Attorney – we decided that Christie has friends throughout US Attorney’s office – ..[therefore] not much chance in getting help from them & it could create a nightmare for us. A little scary to realize that there’s nowhere to turn for help against this threat from Gov. Christie. My best defense is to stand up to the bully – my beloved Gov who wants to run for president.”
The mayor’s letter also addresses a comment by Governor Christie he would like to have a bill making it illegal not to come forward and report misconduct. The mayor has alleged several members of the governor’s administration pushed the Rockefeller project, linking it to Sandy aid.
In the letter, the mayor addressed her concerns in how such well intentioned legislation could backfire and have a “chilling effect” writing:
|Better days: Governor Chris Christie came to Hoboken during the Sandy emergency and embraced Mayor Zimmer in an unannounced visit to the Elks. They won’t be hugging it out again.|
Update: The full letter appeared in a WYNC story yesterday with entries from the mayor’s journal: