2014-04-03T022102Z_1_CBREA3206JF00_RTROPTP_2_USA-POLITICS-CHRISTIE

Hoboken, New Jersey, allows lawyer to testify in Christie probes

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks during a news conference in Trenton, New JerseyBy Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) – Officials in Hoboken, New Jersey, on Wednesday approved a measure that would allow a city attorney to cooperate with investigators probing claims of political intimidation by aides to Republican Governor Chris Christie, a likely White House contender. The Hoboken City Council voted 7-1 to allow City Attorney Joseph Maraziti to disclose private conversations he had with Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who accuses the Christie administration of withholding federal storm recovery money to pressure her. “This council has been left in the dark, and that is a major concern that I have,” said Councilman Michael Russo. “On the other hand, I think it is imperative that the city of Hoboken participate in not only the state investigation but the federal investigation.” Zimmer, a Democrat, alleges she was threatened by three top Christie aides who told her Hoboken would not get promised money to clean up from 2012’s Superstorm Sandy unless she backed a development project favored by the governor.

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