Officials in Hoboken say they will not grant interviews to a lawyer for Gov. Chris Christie or give him documents regarding the mayor’s claim that two Christie cabinet members told her last year that the city’s post-Sandy aid would be linked to her support for a real-estate project.
Randy Mastro, who was hired by the state to steer the governor’s office through investigations by a legislative committee and federal authorities looking into political retribution in the administration, made the requests to the mayor of Hoboken, her chief of staff, spokesman and two city council members last week.
Among the requests were all the documents Hoboken officials have provided to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the case.
“The Governor’s Office takes the allegations recently made by Hoboken Mayor Zimmer very seriously” Mastro says in his request.
The Hoboken officials were skeptical, asking “whether it’s appropriate for the Governor’s Office, in essence, to be investigating itself.” Zimmer’s lawyer said she is cooperating with the federal investigation.
The exchange of letters comes as the Christie administration has taken aim at Zimmer, pointing out news articles that suggest she used government jobs to reward political allies.