Zimmer has questions to answer

Scribbled Zimmer diary nets nothing

Looks like Hoboken “mayor” don Zimmer’s fabricated diary pretty much led to nothing. I wonder how she can sleep at night?

And the sad thing is – that she needed her “spokesperson” to say “no comment” on her behalf. Some strong “mayor” this city has.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/probe-of-hoboken-claim-appears-to-fizzle-1429837022

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Internal Probe: Zimmer allegations “demonstrably false”

3/27/2014 Update:

Cat laughing at Zimmer allegations in Hoboken NJA report has surface in NJ today that delved into the ridiculous debacle known as “Bridgegate,” which apparently shows that what Governor Chris Christie said pretty much “rang true.”

The report also briefly mentions our fumbling “mayor” Dawn Zimmer and her “Diarygate” fairy tale:

“The authors of the report also questioned a separate account by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who accused the governor’s staff of coercing her into green-lighting a real estate deal in exchange for aid for Superstorm Sandy recovery.

“Our investigation found that Mayor Zimmer’s allegations are, in material respects, demonstrably false,” authors wrote. “They are contradicted by contemporaneous documents, other witnesses’ accounts, and her own prior statements. In sum, the subjective perceptions she may have do not match objective reality, as reflected in the hard evidence uncovered during our investigation.”

This is why news “coverage” of “politics” needs to dramatically go away. “He said, she said” time wasters are the worst. What IS is more important, and WHY.

Zimmer accusations change

2/3/2014 Update:

CNN has a report today detailing the contradictions Hoboken “Mayor” Dawn Zimmer has made over the past couple weeks.

Draw the lines, connect the dots, whatever you will – but does it sound like a solid story to you? Or just “political games” and distractions that corrupt our state?

Hoboken Mayor Zimmer contradictions inconsistencies CNN Chris Christie

Report: Hoboken NOT short-changed Sandy Funding

1/26/2014 Update:

Funny. The AP reported today that Hoboken (“New Jersey’s second largest city” – wrong – it’s the 34th largest), was NOT short-changed Hurricane Sandy funding by the Christie Administration, and that it was “on par” with other NJ Towns. No wonder Zimmer is “hush hush” about her diary entries.

Additionally – a piece ran on MSNBS today as well. Check it out. I guess “all publicity is good publicity?”

Zimmer – Simply a Christie Hit Piece?

1/23/2014 Update:

Interesting how Dawn Zimmer didn’t want to “spread the word” of the awful allegations she had to the largest and most viewed news network. Why? Because they’d ask journalistic questions – and not “just serve as a microphone for her charges.”

And see how Zimmer cowers when approached? Wow. And now she’s “dragged” three of her cronies in – Dan “Coffee Boy” Bryan, Juan “Presser” Melli, and Dave “I believe my own BS so much I can pass any lie detector test under the sun” Mello. Maybe those three have something to be worried about…

Watch the last 4 minutes of this video for the most damning part:

Mason: Zimmer should appear in front of Council over Christie allegations

1/20/2014 Update:

“This Council is responsible for oversight of the Zimmer Administration and we have lot of unanswered questions about the Mayor’s actions in this matter.”

Dawn Zimmer Secrets Hoboken NJ

Failing to report has consequences

Earlier today, Hoboken Second Ward Councilwoman Elizabeth Mason released the following statement:

“Over the last two days, I have been carefully watching Mayor Zimmer’s media blitz, in which she directly accuses Governor Chris Christie of tying Hurricane Sandy relief aid to the approval of the Rockefeller project in northwest Hoboken. I suspect most of my constituents are watching just as closely. To be clear, the allegations are deeply disturbing and deserve a comprehensive review by the U.S. Attorney’s office. While at this point, it’s impossible to be sure who is telling the truth, I know one thing. When our Mayor claims our Governor is corrupt, and our Governor is calling our Mayor a liar, it puts our City in a truly awful position.

Over the weekend, the Mayor has been all over MSNBC, CNN and other media outlets with her sensational allegations. But one thing she has not yet done so far is explain her actions to the Hoboken City Council. That is inexcusable. For the last year – during which she was running for re-election on the same ballot as a popular governor – she has been publicly praising Governor Christie while apparently secretly believing he is corrupt. During that entire time, she states she did not go to law enforcement authorities with any her concerns and has claimed only to have told her Chief of Staff about them. Did she obtain any advice on what to do from our Corporation Counsel? Anyone else? I believe she had an obligation, once she heard the Lieutenant Governor and DCA Commissioner supposedly link the vital resources we need for recovery to her support for a major development project in our City, to not just keep it to herself until the most personally and politically advantageous time.

This very week, Dawn Zimmer was quoted in a story entitled “Zimmer talks Christie and hurricane aid,” that “while she’s thought considerably about whether her decision not to endorse Governor Christie played a role in the aid payouts, she is refusing to believe politics are involved.” But we know now the Mayor secretly believed Hoboken was not getting the state support we vitally need because of something else – her lack of full support for the Rockefeller project.

To me, it does not appear she has been completely upfront with the citizens of Hoboken.

Meanwhile, the City is on the hook for well over a million dollars because our former Public Safety Director Angel Alicea recently won his discrimination lawsuit against the Zimmer Administration. During her testimony in that matter the Mayor claimed she fired him in part because he failed to inform law enforcement that he was offered a bribe in return for supporting a development project. At this point, it’s difficult to see the difference in what reportedly happened here.

Given the many questions my Council colleagues and I have about this whole affair, I am respectfully requesting that Mayor Zimmer personally brief us on this matter as soon as possible, whether at our next Council meeting or as soon as a special meeting can be scheduled.

As the body responsible for oversight of the Mayor and her administration, we need to hear directly from her exactly what happened, and, given the total breakdown in the relationship between the Zimmer Administration and the Governor’s office, how we move forward with obtaining the aid we need to rebuild our City and protect it from the next storm. If the Mayor is unwilling to appear on her own accord and answer our questions, then we should direct her to do so using the powers granted to the Council by the Faulkner Act. But I hope and trust that will not be required. Mayor Zimmer must understand that the future of our City may be at stake in how this turns out, and the City Council is obligated to protect the City’s interests in whatever means necessary. I look forward to hearing from her soon.”

25 Responses

  1. camel2 says:

    Zimmer’s story looked very carefully crafted. But what a surprise, no real hard core evidence. A boring attention grab that boils down to he said she said. What next some sound man saying he heard it too? A Democrat smear job.

  2. Joefeds says:

    If she would have come out with this earlier, then nobody would have believed her, and Hoboken would be no closer to getting the funds. Now that Christie took responsibility for Bridgegate, its clear that her story is true.

    Zimmer is the executive and she can make decisions for herself. Christie’s ship is sinking. Hoboken will get whats its due.

    • hobokenj says:

      It is clear her story is true based on a totally unrelated issue. That’s your reasoning.

      If she had compelling evidence she would have been believed on evidence. What does she have now that she did not 8 months ago? No new evidence so it is a he said she said and believing her is purely emotional on how someone feels about Governor and other recent events lend a hand to swaying that emotion.

      Even if no one believed her, do you think under the spotlight we would not get sandy aid, even if she was not believed. It would have actually helped to get more.

      An investigation should be done but at this point but if her journal is all the evidence no one will ever know for sure.

      There should also be an investigation into Dawn. Does she not have an obligation to speak out, whether she thinks she will be believed or not. What approvals did she award development group because of this alleged threat?

      [quote comment=”222415″]If she would have come out with this earlier, then nobody would have believed her, and Hoboken would be no closer to getting the funds. Now that Christie took responsibility for Bridgegate, its clear that her story is true.Zimmer is the executive and she can make decisions for herself. Christie’s ship is sinking. Hoboken will get whats its due.[/quote]

  3. lhoward222 says:

    Christie is toast. He thought Hoboken Zimmer would roll like the former mayors who wound up in jail. Hoboken411, way to mix issues with mention of that thug Angel Alicea who once berated me while volunteering for an Arts Festival set-up. The politics in this town drive me crazy — so unproductive — yet I follow nonetheless. AND I don’t hide under fake names like most on this (otherwise very useful, aside from Mason fanboy) site.

    • hoboken411 says:

      @leslie – this was a statement from a council member – not our article.

    • joey maxim says:

      wow ..this is better than a tv soap days of our lives…Angel Alicea and the patrolmans court award comes out of the taxpayers. Pray for better days btw snow on the way.hunker down folks[quote comment=”222418″]Christie is toast. He thought Hoboken Zimmer would roll like the former mayors who wound up in jail. Hoboken411, way to mix issues with mention of that thug Angel Alicea who once berated me while volunteering for an Arts Festival set-up. The politics in this town drive me crazy — so unproductive — yet I follow nonetheless. AND I don’t hide under fake names like most on this (otherwise very useful, aside from Mason fanboy) site.[/quote]

  4. HobokenAlert says:

    The real question for the Hoboken residents is why did she not inform the council about delays in receiving funds? She could have informed them with out the accusations about the governor. What has she said to them regarding Sandy Funds? I support Beth in asking the Mayor to answers questions to the council.

  5. animal_lover says:

    She hid the names of the people she wanted on the Planning Board. The names were not available to the non-Zimmmer council members before the vote – also not published in the agenda for the public to have advance knowledge either.

  6. xxrjxx says:

    Does anybody take Dawn Zimmer seriously, and if so, why? She is stupider than a bag of hammers!!! Zimmer is obviously being given a script to read and trying to set up her next job opportunity–she does not have Hoboken’s best interests in mind. I love the fact that she says she’s pursuing federal funds to support her idea to insulate Hoboken from flooding–her seawall…one of the most absurd ideas I’ve ever heard and disconnected from any reality but her alternate one.

    As for Christie being toast–frankly, he had no reason to going after Fort Lee. He had the gubernatorial election in the bag and didn’t need the guys support. The issue may have come to his attention a few months back, and he may have been misguided enough to try to protect his staffer–fault him for his loyalty on that. But there’s no way he’d be dumb enough to dream up a traffic jam. He’s a hell of a lot smarter than that and has too much to do in New Jersey to waste his time.

  7. luckyfish says:

    I am completely disgusted over this new publicity tour our mayor is on now. She claims that she did not come forward a year ago because no one would believe her, but comes forward now after ‘Bridgegate’. How convenient!! It would be more logical if she came forward right away. In fact isn’t that a law?? A journal? Really Dawn?? Hope you know that you can test how old ink is… Anyway, I’m not buying it! I know she has a lot of friends in the media from when she ditched Hoboken for her last tour during Hurricane Sandy. Of course the story breaks on MSNBC… Do I think that a discussion might have come up about real estate and contruction when Lt. Gov spent the day touring Hoboken, sure! I have the same conversations when people visit me. For her to say Hoboken lost recovery funds for not supporting a project in the aftermath of a disaster in just ridiculous! I can’t comprehend any human being (Dem or Rep) attempting such a request. This is politics at its worse. My feeling is Zimmer trying to cover up something she is about to get pinched with and blame it on Christie. Or, this is just another stategy by lib media to take down their biggest threat for Prez. Can’t wait to see who else is involved with this lie, because Zimmer could not do this on her own. Take the Lie Detector test soon Dawn, before you ‘do not recall’ again.. I am embarrassed you are our Mayor!

  8. FrankieSaid says:

    I’m tired of this phony Dawn Zimmer.

    I have no idea if “this deal” discussion occurred or not.

    She played us, the residents of Hoboken, regardless.

    She got to play the “I’m a working partner with the Govern”, “I’m bi-partisan”, “I look out for the residents of Hoboken”. It’s all garbage now.

    If what she is alleging did happen – then there is 0 excuse for waiting 8 months.

    Mayor Zimmer, you’re an elected official. You don’t get to decide what to act on because “it’s the hardest thing”. Truth be told… you came to realize you need to be a bigger player in the Democratic Party to extend your political career and this was your ticket to do so. Voters know your actions and time as Mayor of Hoboken sure won’t get you anywhere else. But you were smart enough to wait till after the election so you could play the Hoboken Residents.

    I get nothing from you coming forward now other than you’re just as unfit for office as these corrupted Politicians you call a friend when it benefits you.

    • joey maxim says:

      Frankie you have to give the girl credit..she won twice…go with the flow and wait for the baseball season to start….the merchant of chaos aka media is funny..stay warm people[quote comment=”222429″]I’m tired of this phony Dawn Zimmer.I have no idea if “this deal” discussion occurred or not.She played us, the residents of Hoboken, regardless.She got to play the “I’m a working partner with the Govern”, “I’m bi-partisan”, “I look out for the residents of Hoboken”. It’s all garbage now.If what she is alleging did happen – then there is 0 excuse for waiting 8 months.Mayor Zimmer, you’re an elected official. You don’t get to decide what to act on because “it’s the hardest thing”. Truth be told… you came to realize you need to be a bigger player in the Democratic Party to extend your political career and this was your ticket to do so. Voters know your actions and time as Mayor of Hoboken sure won’t get you anywhere else. But you were smart enough to wait till after the election so you could play the Hoboken Residents.I get nothing from you coming forward now other than you’re just as unfit for office as these corrupted Politicians you call a friend when it benefits you.[/quote]

    • animal_lover says:

      Hopefully 20% of registered voters feel the same as you.[quote comment=”222429″]I’m tired of this phony Dawn Zimmer.I have no idea if “this deal” discussion occurred or not.She played us, the residents of Hoboken, regardless.She got to play the “I’m a working partner with the Govern”, “I’m bi-partisan”, “I look out for the residents of Hoboken”. It’s all garbage now.If what she is alleging did happen – then there is 0 excuse for waiting 8 months.Mayor Zimmer, you’re an elected official. You don’t get to decide what to act on because “it’s the hardest thing”. Truth be told… you came to realize you need to be a bigger player in the Democratic Party to extend your political career and this was your ticket to do so. Voters know your actions and time as Mayor of Hoboken sure won’t get you anywhere else. But you were smart enough to wait till after the election so you could play the Hoboken Residents.I get nothing from you coming forward now other than you’re just as unfit for office as these corrupted Politicians you call a friend when it benefits you.[/quote]

  9. HomeTeam says:

    I find it interesting that she was caught in a lie to CNN yesterday, but ran to MSNBC, the official mouthpiece of the Democratic Party, to change her story.

    From CNN:
    The governor’s spokesman also said the mayor and Christie have had a “productive relationship,” noting an August tweet by Zimmer saying she’s “very glad Gov. Christie has been our governor.”

    Zimmer admitted to supporting Christie in the past, saying she is not a part of “the Democratic machine.”

    But her comments over the weekend are a change from what she told CNN last week. She said then that she didn’t think Sandy funds for her city were tied to any instance of political retribution.

    “I don’t think it was retaliation, and I don’t have any reason to think it’s retaliation, but I’m not satisfied with the amount of money I’ve gotten so far,” Zimmer said. She did not mention her concerns about the redevelopment project.

    But Sunday morning, Zimmer told CNN she didn’t speak out before because she didn’t think anyone would believe her.

    They then link to pictures of the childish scrawl in her “diary”.

    Hopefully the spotlight gets turned on her and her cronies soon.

  10. Frankie says:

    Anyone, I mean ANYONE that falls for this Hollywood script Zimmer is spewing should have their heads examined. If you can’t see that this was 100% orchestrated for the personal gain of Zimmer and Zimmer alone, not the residents of Hoboken, I feel sorry for you all. Politicians and sociopaths are one and the same.

  11. joey maxim says:

    cannot understand why wait 6 months ? better than Disney land

  12. OpenEyes says:

    “But by failing to speak up sooner and waiting until the safety of a mob had formed, Zimmer has in a sense indicted herself. Either she is — or was — as politically corrupt as those she accuses, or she is too weak to be a leader. ”

    “The journal entry, provided to CNN and available for viewing online, is ripe for dissection. The handwriting is messy, as if the author were distraught or in a hurry, and reads in part: “I prefer typing on computer — but maybe it is time to get back to journal writing. Embarrassed to say — but I found myself breaking down last night on the plane. I was watching ‘Les Miserables’ thinking about my dad — and so I cried for him. But then I was emotional about Governor Christie.”

    Hmmmm.

    Zimmer seems credible and sincere. But given the size of the nail she’s trying to hammer into Christie’s coffin, due diligence is in order. Let’s begin with the words “but maybe it’s time to get back to journal writing.”

    Really? Just now? Was the inspiration “Les Miz”? Or the bridge scandal? Her dad? Why on this particular day in May 2013 was the mayor motivated (finally) to start journal writing (again)?

    One is faced with at least two possibilities: Either she’s been telling herself that she really must get back to keeping a journal. Or, she’s explaining to future cable interviewers why this entry appears so suddenly in a “journal” that she otherwise seems to have neglected. ”
    by Kathleen Parker

    • animal_lover says:

      I think her confidential $80,000/yr aid might be there for the purpose of dictating her diary. [quote comment=”222449″]“But by failing to speak up sooner and waiting until the safety of a mob had formed, Zimmer has in a sense indicted herself. Either she is — or was — as politically corrupt as those she accuses, or she is too weak to be a leader. ““The journal entry, provided to CNN and available for viewing online, is ripe for dissection. The handwriting is messy, as if the author were distraught or in a hurry, and reads in part: “I prefer typing on computer — but maybe it is time to get back to journal writing. Embarrassed to say — but I found myself breaking down last night on the plane. I was watching ‘Les Miserables’ thinking about my dad — and so I cried for him. But then I was emotional about Governor Christie.”Hmmmm.Zimmer seems credible and sincere. But given the size of the nail she’s trying to hammer into Christie’s coffin, due diligence is in order. Let’s begin with the words “but maybe it’s time to get back to journal writing.”Really? Just now? Was the inspiration “Les Miz”? Or the bridge scandal? Her dad? Why on this particular day in May 2013 was the mayor motivated (finally) to start journal writing (again)?One is faced with at least two possibilities: Either she’s been telling herself that she really must get back to keeping a journal. Or, she’s explaining to future cable interviewers why this entry appears so suddenly in a “journal” that she otherwise seems to have neglected. ” by Kathleen Parker[/quote]

  13. animal_lover says:

    Zimmer is out of control spending for her own self serving purposes. Hiring a $500+/hr lawyer that lost a $1.3 million case to “defend” her in her accusations. This along with a 30% increase in salary to Hoboken’s corporate attorney. The irresponsible spending of tax payer dollars on legally battling a democratic process that she sorely does not understand is not only a waste of millions of dollars but a disgrace to the democratic principles.

  14. AMG1055 says:

    We had friends from around the country call us and say that they thought Zimmer may have been on mind-altering drugs during her media coverage. Either she rehearsed or was under the influence of something. That was not the normal Dawn we’d see whine during other media interviews. Something is up.

  15. animal_lover says:

    Holding onto this type of information should be grounds for forfeiture of office.

  16. Drex357 says:

    According to the NY Times, the _federal_ investigation was justified as follows: “Prosecutors found a rarely used provision of a federal fraud statute, under which they believe they can argue that Mr. Christie’s associates misappropriated property, namely the bridge, for a purpose other than it is intended.” First, how can anyone argue the bridge was appropriated; it was there, still is, providing a bridge between NY and NJ for vehicular traffic. The whole thing seems a little dramatic and overdone. Second, the fact that Ft. Lee has THREE lanes probably reflects that a lot of people go through Ft Lee to get to those coveted lanes, and maybe if that wasn’t an option they’d stay out and Ft Lee traffic wouldn’t be such a mess around the bridge. And a politician creating a traffic stoppage for political reasons? Doesn’t that happen every time the President visits NY for a fundraiser and shuts down the streets and highways from downtown for hours at a time? It just all seems to pathetically whiny and lame and both the fact it may have been done and the drama over the fact it may have been done speak volumes to the state of the State.

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