Christie Faces New Bullying Accusations

Hoboken mayor claims governor's office threatened to hold back Sandy relief if she didn't back a project.
3:00 | 01/20/14

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We move now to that new trouble for New Jersey governor Chris Christie, the traffic scandal dubbed bridgegate continues to spread and now the democratic mayor of a city hit hard by sandy has said that aides blocked sandy relief if she didn't back one of his pet projects. Jim Avila has been tracking it from the start. Reporter: Now it's the mayor of hoboken who claims she was bullied by the Christie administration and her citizens, she says, are the victims. This morning, New Jersey governor Chris Christie facing a new accusation of political bullying. Democrat dawn zimmer, the mayor of hoboken says she was told her city would not get relief funding for hurricane sandy damage if she didn't back a development deal backed by the governor. This project is really important to the governor and she said that she had been with him on Friday night and that this was a direct message from the governor. Reporter: Zimmer appearing Sunday on CNN said she had a good relationship with governor Christie but that changed when she was approached by lieutenant governor Kim Guadagno at a public event in a grocery store parking lot. To back the Rockefeller high-rise project in her town, across the Hudson from Manhattan. This is a threat and this is wrong. This is not fair to hoboken, given the devastation that we had. Reporter: The governor has not commented but his office did release a detailed statement stating "Mayor zimmer asked for too much hurricane relief. That her town was not among the hardest hit and the city was approved for $70 million worth of funding." The Christie camp questions why the mayor waited until now. Zimmer produced diary entries she says were made immediately after the conversation with the lieutenant governor that quote her as saying "If you tell anyone, I will deny it" and if she backs the project the money would start floating to you. It's stunning, outrageous and true and I stand by my word. Reporter: Nothing from the lieutenant governor but promised answers today.

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