Report: Christie is U.S. Attorney’s target

MMM photo/Art Gallagher

MMM photo/Art Gallagher

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman is leaning on former Port Authority officials David Samson, Bill Baroni and David Wildstein and Charles McKenna, Governor Chris Christie’s former Chief Counsel, to”filp” on Christie, according to a report published on Esquire today.

Esquire’s two anonymous sources “with intimate knowledge” of Fishman’s investigation into “Bridgegate” said that Samson, Baroni and Wildstein each face “near-certain” indictment.

Esquire says that Baroni and Wildstein have implicated Samson and that “if Sampson doesn’t give Fishman Christie, Sampson is toast.”

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Posted: June 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, David Samson, Dawn Zimmer, Kim Guadagno, Paul Fishman, U.S. Attorney | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments »

Patrick Murray: Mark Magyar mischaracterized his analysis

Magyar admits mistake, promises to fix it but doesn’t

By Art Gallagher, artvg@aol.com

Monmouth University pollster Patrick Murray responded to my post this morning, Patrick Murray is emphatic that his next poll will be negative for Christie, about his quote in Mark Magyar’s anti-Chistie spin piece on NJSpotlight with an email asserting that his analysis was mischaracteriszed.

Patrick Murray

Patrick Murray

Murray provided an email exchange between himself and Magyar wherein Magyar admits his mistake and promises to fix it.

Murray said:

My assessment of what is likely to happen to public opinion going forward was based on an analysis of the underlying dynamics of my own poll released on April 2 — specifically the public’s underlying initial skepticism of the Mastro report was in my own poll and my analysis of potential movement in that opinion.  Mark, by his own admission, mischaracterized my analysis, which was based on actual public opinion data that I have collected and analyzed.

In the NJSpotlight piece, Magyar quoted Murray as follows:

Quinnipiac Poll released last week showed that 56 percent of New Jerseyans regarded the report as a “whitewash” and only 36 percent believed it to be a “legitimate investigation.” Even more ominously, 65 percent of voters knew of the Hoboken case, and 57 percent of that group believe Zimmer’s allegation that the Christie administration improperly withheld Sandy aid from her city because she refused to support the Rockefeller Group development.

Murray said he expected to see similar results in his next Monmouth Poll. “It will be negative. This is not going to be positive,” Murray stated emphatically, asserting that the controversy over the Mastro report clearly resonated with voters. “The question now with Christie is, ‘Have we hit a floor where a certain percentage of people will defend him no matter what, and everyone else will attack him?’”

Murray corrected Magyar in a email at 9;32 this morning:

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Posted: April 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Department of Community Affairs, Kim Guadagno, Monmouth University Poll, Patrick Murray | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Analysis: U.S. Attorney’s Trail Shows Hoboken Charges More Serious

Analysis: U.S. Attorney’s Trail Shows Hoboken Charges More Serious (via NJSpotlight)

With subpoenaed documents trickling in to investigators and a third Christie appointee taking the Fifth Amendment, legal experts are debating which charges Christie appointees are likely to face, how evidence of a coverup could bolster a corruption…

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Posted: February 5th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Dawn Zimmer, Hoboken, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Samson Loses Rockefeller Group’s Business

David Samson

David Samson

The real estate developer at the heart of Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s allegations against the Christie Administration has fired it’s law firm, Wolf and Samson, according to a report in the New York Times.

The law firm is led by Port Authority of NY/NJ Chairman David Samson, a former NJ Attorney General.  Samson, who has been subpoenaed by the legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures that have dominated the state and national political news this month and put Governor Christie’s presidential prospects in jeopardy, appears to be a central figure in both the Hoboken and George Washington Bridge controversies.

Posted: January 30th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Dawn Zimmer, Hoboken | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

The Zimmer Fibber Timeline

By Matt Rooney, SaveJersey.com

Having trouble keeping track of the Bridgegate sideshow going on in Hoboken, Save Jerseyans?

Fear not; we’ve put together a streamlined timeline for you to consult/post/share and, once you’ve reviewed it from beginning to end, I don’t think you’ll conclude that the chronology is flattering for Hoboken’s Mayor:

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Zimmer Timeline 2

Winter 2010 to Fall 2012

Mayor Dawn Zimmer is only one year into her new job when she decides to endorse the Governor’s property tax cap. She’s backed other major initiatives since then.

October 2012

Hurricane Sandy strikes New Jersey and floods much of Hoboken.

November 2012

Over the next year and change, Zimmer repeatedly — both online and in the real world, too — praises Chris Christie for his Sandy aftermath assistance without qualification:

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Posted: January 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Christie Administration, Dawn Zimmer, Hoboken | Tags: , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Zimmer testified that she does not keep a diary

HudsonCountyTV.com is reporting that attorney Louis Zayas of North Bergen claims that Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer testified under oath during a deposition that she does not keep a diary, calendar or memo pad to help her remember events that occur in the city she governs.

Zimmer claimed on MSNBC’s Up with Steve Kornacki last Saturday that Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno told her that Sandy Relief money was contingent on the approval of a proposed Rockefeller Group development.  Zimmer offered Kornacki her diary to support her claims against Guadagno and says she has since turned the diary over to the U.S. Attorney.

Zayas, the attorney who won a $440,000 award discrimination lawsuit against Hoboken last month said at the time that the jury in that case did not believe Zimmer’s testimony. Zayas is currently suing Zimmer and her husband, Stan Grossbard, on behalf of Carmelo Garcia, the head of the Hoboken Housing Authority and a New Jersey State Assemblyman representing Hoboken, for alleged  racial discrimination and “ethnic cleansing.”

Zayas keeps a framed photograph of himself and Governor Chris Christie on prominent display in his law office, as can be seen in this HudsonCountyTV video.

Posted: January 25th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Dawn Zimmer, Hoboken | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Zimmer says Feds told her to stop talking, Declines to take lie detector

Graphic courtesy of Hoboken411.com

Graphic courtesy of Hoboken411.com

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer said the U.S. Attorney’s Office has asked her to stop talking about her allegations that top officials in the Christie Administration told her that Sandy Relief money was contingent upon her approving a development for the Rockefeller Group, according to HudsonCountyTV.

“The US Attorney’s office has asked that we do not conduct additional media interviews and we are respecting their request. I stand by my previous statements and remain willing to testify under oath about all of the facts in this case.”

How convenient.

The U.S. Attorney’s office has not confirmed that they made such a request, or that they have even met with Zimmer.

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Posted: January 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Dawn Zimmer, Hoboken | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Guadagno, Ferzan Dispute Hoboken Mayor’s Allegations About Sandy Funds

Guadagno, Ferzan Dispute Hoboken Mayor’s Allegations About Sandy Funds (via NJSpotlight)

The Christie administration moved quickly on Monday to dispute allegations by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer that they tied the release of Sandy recovery funds to her approval of a Hoboken real estate project proposed by the Rockefeller Group and represented…

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Posted: January 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Dawn Zimmer, Hoboken | Tags: , , , , | 4 Comments »

Top Christie official calls Hoboken mayor’s storm funding claims ‘absurd’

Top Christie official calls Hoboken mayor’s storm funding claims ‘absurd’ (via NJ.com)

One of the top Christie administration officials that Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer has accused of threatening to withhold storm aid if she didn’t push forward a redevelopment project called her allegations “patently false and absurd on their face.” In…

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Posted: January 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Hoboken | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Chris Christie huddles with top GOP donors in Florida

Chris Christie huddles with top GOP donors in Florida (via NJ.com)

NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. — Gov. Chris Christie spent the afternoon with an elite group of Republican donors at the seaside home of Home Depot co-founder Kenneth Langone. Two black SUVs entered the lush golfing community called Lost Tree Village, where…

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Posted: January 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off