Federal authorities in New Jersey have interviewed several witnesses who said the mayor of Hoboken told them in May about a state official’s threat to withhold hurricane recovery funds if the mayor did not support a development project favored by the governor, people briefed on the matter said on Wednesday.
The statements by the witnesses, two of whom are aides to the mayor, Dawn Zimmer, support the account she gave to federal prosecutors on Sunday, and the interviews suggest that prosecutors and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have moved swiftly to investigate her accusations.
What's notable about this new story is that it ties directly, in person, to the state's Lt. Governor, Kim Guadagno. Whatever we may speculate about Christie's knowledge of the bridge closure, there's no direct evidence tying him to the action or proving he knew about it. This is very different.
Of course, Guadagno denies the charges. Here's Brian Murphy's run-down of Zimmer's claim.