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WSJ: Chris Christie Hoboken Scandal Fizzling

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks during a post-Hurricane Sandy visit to displaced residents of a relief center with Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer (R) in Hoboken, New Jersey on November 4, 2012. (Handout/Reuters/Landov)

By    |   Friday, 24 Apr 2015 08:42 AM

Things seem to be quieting down for scandal-plagued New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

The tough-talking governor has been cleared of any wrongdoing in a 2013 bridge-closing scheme and the U.S. Attorney's investigation into accusations that the governor withheld Hurricane Sandy relief funds in Hoboken has idled, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Investigators at the U.S. attorney's office in Newark opened an inquiry in early 2014 after Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer accused senior Christie cabinet officials of making federal aid for Superstorm Sandy contingent on her support of a stalled city redevelopment project, according to the Journal.

She lodged her allegation that Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, Richard Constable, commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, and Marc Ferzan, head of the state's Office of Recovery and Rebuilding, pressured her 10 days after the bridge closing scandal surfaced.

Zimmer maintained that she applied for $130 million in aid for the city of 52,000 but received just $300,000.

At the time the probe was launched, The Washington Post reported that Zimmer "has made it clear she's not positive there's a direct connection between the funding shortage and the slow development developments."

The investigation began with interviews and document requests but has since fizzled, with no interviews with anyone connected to the case in nearly a year, the Journal reported, citing a person close to the matter.

"There is no spotlight on this," the source told the newspaper.

In December, a joint New Jersey legislative committee found no conclusive evidence indicating Christie was aware of or involved in the shutdown of the George Washington Bridge connecting New York to Fort Lee, New Jersey, as an act of political retribution for the city's mayor who did not support the governor's re-election.

Indictments for those involved are reported to be forthcoming.

The once wildly popular Christie has withered in the polls since the scandals emerged. A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday found that his job approval ratings in the Garden State were the lowest since he was elected.

"The governor's job approval hits a new low and voters think his presidential ambitions are distracting him from his day job," Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll said in a statement.

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Things seem to be quieting down for scandal-plagued New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The tough-talking governor has been cleared of any wrongdoing in a 2013 bridge-closing scheme and the U.S. Attorney's investigation into accusations that the governor withheld Hurricane...
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