N.J. Democrat Plans To Probe Governor’s Office Over Sandy Aid

TRENTON, N.J. (January 19, 2014) New Jersey Democrat Assemblyman John Wisniewski, who’s leading the investigation into traffic jams orchestrated by Gov. Chris Christie's aides, said Sunday that his committee will look into a new allegation of political retribution by the Republican administration.

Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Assemblyman Wisniewski said Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer's allegation that Superstorm Sandy recovery funds were withheld from her town because she wouldn't support a politically connected real estate development is a serious new charge.

The governor's office vigorously denies the mayor's claims.

Christie’s spokesman, Colin Reed, said the administration helped Zimmer secure aid after the storm severely flooded the Hudson River town.

Four people close to Christie lost their jobs after a top aide gave the go-ahead to close lanes to the George Washington Bridge as apparent political payback.

Former New York Republican Mayor Rudy Giuliani sakid Sunday Democrats are engaged in a partisan pile-on.

Giuliani told NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, "It clearly is a partisan witch hunt."

Giuliani defended Christie amid allegations that top aides closed lanes near the George Washington Bridge to back up traffic as apparent political payback.

Giuliani also downplayed the recent accusation from the Democratic mayor of Hoboken.

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