This battle of dueling accounts about whether Chris Christie strong-armed Hoboken Mayor, Dawn Zimmer, is getting interesting.
On one side is the aforementioned Zimmer, and on the other side is the New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno who flatly denies it. Guess who I believe.
"As they pursue this investigation, I will provide any requested information and testify under oath about the facts of what happened when the Lieutenant Governor came to Hoboken and told me that Sandy aid would be contingent on moving forward with a private development project...."
Yes, and the Mayor actually has a journal with an entry at the time of the incident surrounded by other entries before and after the alleged conversation.
Unless Ms. Zimmer could look into a crystal ball and tell the future, that entry is pretty strong evidence to back up her allegation.
"I deny any suggestion made by Mayor (Dawn) Zimmer that there was ever any condition on the release of Sandy funds by me," Guadagno said Monday at a news conference in Union Beach, N.J.
"The diary entry read: 'She pulls me aside with no one else around and says that I need to move forward with the Rockefeller project. It is very important to the governor.
'"The word is that you are against it and you need to move forward or we are not going to be able to help you. I know it's not right – these things should not be connected – but they are," she says, and "if you tell anyone, I will deny it."'
Well at least she (The Lt. Governor) was being truthful about one thing.
Finally, some Negroes have no shame. (See my HNOTD) I still can't believe that some dude agreed to be used on MLK Day to send a promotional message for the NRA. (As if Sarah Palin choosing to denigrate this day by her petty and ignorant comments wasn't enough)
"The NRA tends to stay silent in the immediate aftermath of a high-profile shooting incident, but the organization evidently felt enough time had passed since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed in 1968 that they could put out the video below connecting the civil rights leader to the push for less restrictive gun laws. To mark today’s holiday, the NRA enlisted its hip, young, black “commentator” Colion Noir to deliver a video message about how much King loved guns.
Noir begins with a message that is unlikely to resonate strongly with the NRA’s many members, saying if King were alive today he would “look at our current president and smile, not because of his politics, but because of what his presence in the White House represents.” After explaining that President Barack Obama would have been “arrested or even beaten for drinking from the wrong water fountain” 50 years ago, he adds, “notwithstanding some of President Obama’s policies on gun control, that’s a hell of a lot of progress if you ask me.”
Quickly, Noir shifts his message to gun control, pointing out the fact that he was granted a concealed handgun license, while historical record shows that King applied for one and was denied. “Let’s not forget, the first forms of gun control were created to keep people like me from having guns,” he says, invoking his shared race with King.
Noir goes on to try to reconcile King’s “non-violent” reputation with his apparent desire to protect himself with a gun. “When Dr. King was denied [the firearm license],” he says, “he did the next best thing and surrounded himself with people with guns.” Presuming to know what King believed, he adds, “In my heart, based on Dr. King’s own actions, I don’t believe that Dr. King would ever advocate leaving a family, or anyone for that matter, defenseless in the face of violent life threatening danger.”
In his role as the most visible civil rights leader of his time, Dr. King knew that he was in danger and evidently took steps to try to protect himself. But even though he “surrounded himself with people with guns,” as Noir explains, it didn’t stop him from being gunned down by his assassin James Earl Ray from across the street while he was standing on the balcony of his hotel room. Noir does not address how a concealed weapons permit would have helped King in that particular situation." [Source]