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Rachel Maddow just started and she said she'll be covering this breaking story as more details come in.

Meanwhile, I found a Michael Isikoff article that just went up on

FBI agents have begun questioning witnesses in the investigation into whether New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s aides threatened to cut off Hurricane Sandy relief money to Hoboken unless the city’s mayor backed a billion-dollar development project, three sources with direct knowledge of the probe told NBC News on Wednesday.

Federal prosecutors and agents have also instructed key witnesses to preserve all documents and emails relating to the allegations by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, these sources said.


The two Zimmer aides are among at least five witnesses who Zimmer told the FBI could confirm that she had previously told them about the conversation she says she had with Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno last May. Zimmer has alleged that during that conversation in a parking lot, the lieutenant  governor linked Sandy funding to backing of the development project.

I'll update this post as more comes in, hopefully very soon on the Rachel Maddow Show...

Update 1:

Rachel says the FBI has been talking tonight in Hoboken to Zimmer's Chief of Staff, Dan Bryan, and her Communications Director, Juan Melli. Along with 3 others. Still maybe more to come.

From the comments, Chamonix added this:

and Chris Hayes had Breaking News tonight that the US Attorneys office has instructed Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer to no longer do any interviews. Buckle up folks it's gonna be a bumpy ride.  
Update 2:

An interesting detail from the Michael Isikoff article that I overlooked in my haste to publish:

David Mello, a member of the Hoboken City Council, told NBC News that Zimmer told him about the Guadagno conversation last summer, either in late July or early August as they were walking home after an event. “I distinctly remember [Zimmer] saying that the lieutenant governor said, ‘If this came out, she would deny it,’” he said.

Originally posted to Animal Nuz on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 06:10 PM PST.

Also republished by Christie Investigations.

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