The issue is illustrated here with the statement of an aide for Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno upon leaving a Shoprite parking lot after speaking privately with the mayor. The aide testified upon departure from Hoboken the Lt. Governor said "Mayor Zimmer was not playing ball."
While the conversation isn't directly linked to the mayor's contention she was told a quid pro quo for Sandy aid required her support for the proposed billion dollar Rockefeller project in north Hoboken, the theme of "playing ball" is central in today's Star Ledger report.
The Lt. Governor's comments aren't featured in today's SL story but were highlighted in the governor's office internal report.
Hoboken gets a nod in relation to Hurricane Sandy assistance and the mayor's failure to endorse the governor:
But Richard Rebisz, the office’s regional director for Hurricane Sandy issues, recalled in his interview getting a phone call from Renna shortly after it became clear that Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer would not endorse Christie for re-election.
"Renna told him not to bend over backwards for Mayor Zimmer, which Rebisz explained meant that he should not go out of his way to help her, and that Mayor Zimmer wasn’t going to endorse the Governor," according to notes from the interview.
Mayor Zimmer supported many of Governor Christie's initiatives and spoke of the many positive things he did as governor but came short allegedly in the eyes of the governor's staff for her refusal to endorse him leading into last November's election.
With no small amount of irony, Governor Christie was the top vote getter in Hoboken last November, seeing 200 more votes than Mayor Zimmer herself.
As bits and pieces continue to emerge, the Mayor's statements tied to her allegations appear more not less consistent. That should give many pause.
Related: Playing ball. http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/04/10/playing-ball-with-chris-christie
Governor's staff accused of bleeding over to political operative work to re-elect the governor.