Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Mayor Zimmer presses her case as Justice Department comes to Hoboken

The media and pr war ramped up yesterday with the weekend ending but even with MLK Day, the all out assault of words continues.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer appeared last night on Anderson Cooper's CNN show and late last night an announcement from the mayor made clear the Justice Department had been to Hoboken on the matter of her allegations about trading Sandy aid for approval to the Rockefeller Group's uptown development proposal.

On the Justice Department visit, the mayor is quoted saying: “They were talking to people in Hoboken today,” she said. “They were definitely talking to people today.”

The acknowledgement may mean that the Justice Department spoke to people in Hoboken City Hall and some of the mayor's staff.

The Feds are adding to the pressure cooker situation neither confirming nor denying any steps they've taken since a meeting on Sunday was held, according to the mayor.

In the interview with Anderson Cooper, Mayor Zimmer referenced documents she communicated to the State supporting her chronology of events.

In addition, she also states she was pressured directly by another member of the Christie Administration to agree to development in Hoboken.  She identifies that person to be the NJ head of Sandy Aid, Marc Ferzan.



The stakes and battle lines are ramping up as is the traffic here on MSV.  Partisanship has taken hold and all the weight of the Big Man with the dark Governor fleece jacket is coming to bear.  The weight is falling squarely on Hoboken City Hall.

Is Governor Christie the new poster child but leveraging Sandy aid for a billion dollar development?
According to Mayor Zimmer, that's the inescapable conclusion.

Talking Ed Note: In the battle of wills, Governor Christie knows a little about Hoboken's Iron Lady.  Will she bend to his will and crumble or continue to stand for Hoboken as she has against everything the Old Guard could throw at her?

The Governor must know unless he scores an early KO, he isn't going to take out Mayor Zimmer.
Ironically, since the mayor didn't have a Carmelo style wire to set up the Christie Administration, the process of a public pr war with the Feds already engaged works in the mayor's favor.

In some minds, the federal engagement should not occur so quickly but in doing so the mayor has initial cover from the efforts to conclude her testimony of quid pro quo immaterial.

Hoboken is the scene of enormous media attention, the largest since 2009 when Peter Cammarano became the poster child for the biggest corruption sting in NJ history.  It's not showing any sign of letting up.

In fact since the three day weekend, from this vantage point it's obvious that it's increasing.

The Political Insider column has lost its Jersey City centric focus for the moment and a column almost joyfully adds some sarcastic barbs while including two non-consequential quotes from the Zimmer foe corner.  Nothing to dignify beyond that.

MSV is working on the bigger story after the initial earthquake hit Hoboken and the nation Saturday.