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New emails, interviews: Hoboken mayor under pressure from Christie administration

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Why, it seems like only yesterday that I posted Ruh roh! Chris Christie's brother bought property just before Christie pushed for big overhaul. Oh wait, it was yesterday.

And now it seems like only today that the New York Times is reporting about emails showing that Hoboken, New Jersey Mayor Dawn Zimmer was indeed being pressured by the Christie administration.

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You remember this story, right? Governor "Heartbroken's" allies were oh, so "offended" and started pointing fingers at Zimmer for daring to suggest that she'd been leaned on.

Zimmer alleged that Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno told her that the very pricey Rockefeller real estate project was important to her boss and that Zimmer should “move forward” with it in order to get Hurricane Sandy clean-up funding. The mayor even jotted down contemporaneous notes about the conversation in her journal. Oh my bad, Zimmer's a woman: Her "diary."

She had a meeting scheduled with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to discuss protecting Hoboken from future natural disasters. However:

But according to newly obtained emails sent among the participants, the first topic of discussion on the agenda was “review of concepts for flood control measures at Rockefeller property,” a reference to a billion-dollar office complex proposed at the north end of town. The developer, the Rockefeller Group, which had long been trying to gain approval from local officials, sent two executives, two lobbyists and an engineer to the meeting. [...]

The Christie administration has denied ever linking the Rockefeller project to hurricane relief, an accusation that is now under federal investigation.

But whatever the outcome of the inquiries, the emails and interviews make clear that the development-wary mayor was coming under increasing and repeated pressure from politically connected lawyers working for Rockefeller Group and from the Christie administration.

What's that saying again? Oh yeah:

ruh roh smallerUPDATE via TPM:

A longtime adviser to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) conducted a 2012 poll on behalf of a development firm at the center of one of the scandals that has recently rocked the governor's administration, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

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VIDEO: Get out the fainting couch! Chris Christie allies are "offended," pointing fingers.

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In syrupy Southern accent:

Oh me oh my, someone please get New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno a faintin' couch, some smellin' salts, and a feathuh fan! Ah do believe she and her boss, the "musculah" Gov. Chris Christie, feel victimahzed by the... victim. Mercy me, mercy you, mercy us, Miss Kim and the guv are *gasp!* Offended! Shocked! Appalled!

*Well-timed hankie nose dab* Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer done them wrong! How could she?

(smiling) Ah DO hope y'all in the press are writin' every word of this down. (well-timed eyelash bat)

And while they're in blame mode, oh please DO lay some of it on Assemblyman John Wisniewski. We can't be allowin' him to be pointin' finguhs no mattah WHEYah  that nasty ol' evidence leads, y'all hear? Why, one might get the impression that Master Don Gov. Christie is some kind of thug, and we can't have that!

Mah stahs and gahtuhs, wheyah AH those smellin' salts?!

*Plotz!*

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I do believe Miss Kim's head is spinnin' from all those nasty accusations.

Well, toots, now you know how Zimmer and Wisniewski feel.

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