New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D) issued a statement Saturday responding to Hoboken, N.J. mayor Dawn Zimmer’s claims the administration of Gov. Chris Christie (R) withheld Hurricane Sandy relief money from her city because she did not fast-track a real estate project linked to one of his allies. Wisniewski, who is the chairman of the New Jersey General Assembly committee investigating last September’s lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, said Zimmer’s claims are “serious” and had the committee’s attention.
“The allegations discussed today by Mayor Zimmer are serious and yet again raise concern about abuse of government power, This certainly has attracted our attention. We need to obtain all relevant facts, confer with our special counsel and determine the committee’s best course of action,” said Wisniewski.
On Friday, the Assembly Democrats announced Wisniewski’s committee had served 20 individuals and organizations with subpoenas including Christie’s office, his re-election campaign, and many of his top aides. Some Democrats have alleged Christie’s allies ordered the closure of the lanes, which led to days of traffic in Fort Lee, N.J., to retaliate against a mayor who did not endorse him.