The New Jersey mayor who accused Gov. Chris Christie's administration of holding hurricane relief funds hostage met Sunday with federal investigators looking into Christie's alleged political retaliation and strong-arm tactics, the mayor said.
Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer confirmed in a statement that she met privately "for several hours" with investigators for the office of the U.S. attorney for New Jersey. She said she gave them her journal and other documents related to her allegation that Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno threatened to withhold relief money following Hurricane Sandy if she didn't agree a private development project backed by Christie.
Zimmer, a Democrat, told msnbc on Saturday that she requested $127 million in hurricane relief but had so far received only $142,000 to defray the cost of a single back-up generator, plus an additional $200,000 in recovery grants.
The investigation by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman's office is just one of several that were launched after it was reported that Christie aides ordered the closing of two access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in September, gridlocking the city of Fort Lee for four days, in an act of alleged political retaliation.
Christie's office, 17 of his allies and two other organizations were issued subpoenas by a special state investigative committee on Friday.
Among them was David Samson, chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told the Bergen Record on Sunday that he has agreed to represent Samson in the investigation.