A Hudson County lawyer who filed a lawsuit against Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer is raising questions about whether or not she answered truthfully during a July 2013 deposition when she was asked if she kept a diary.
Zimmer, who last week accused Gov. Chris Christie’s administration of threatening to withhold Sandy aid if she did not approve a development deal, pointed to journal entries she kept in the Spring of 2013 where she describes being threatened by Lt. Gov Kim Guadagno and by state Department of Community Affairs director Richard Constable.
In July 2013, Zimmer was questioned by attorney Louis Zayas, who was representing former Hoboken public safety director Angel Alicea in a wrongful termination suit.
On Friday, during an interview with a local news outlet, Hudson County TV, Zayas accused Zimmer of concealing the existence of her diary in that deposition. Reached tonight by The Star-Ledger, Zayas repeated his claims.
“When we asked her about that journal, she claimed she didn’t have one,” Zayas said. “Now she’s claiming that she has a diary or calendar of some sort that she wrote down this incident between the lieutenant governor and herself.”
The deposition was part of a lawsuit filed by Alicea after Zimmer fired him in 2011 when it was revealed that he was approached by disgraced real-estate developer Solomon Dwek as part of an infamous 2009 FBI sting.
Alicea never accepted money from Dwek and earlier this month a jury ordered Hoboken to pay him more than $1 million in back pay and damages.
Zimmer declined to comment through a spokesman, citing a request from the U.S. Attorney’s Office to not give interviews. The spokesman, Juan Melli, said Zayas’ claims were baseless.
“This is coming from the man who filed a lawsuit accusing the mayor of ethnic cleansing,” Melli said, referring to another suit currently being fought by Zayas on behalf of the Hoboken Housing Authority.
“There’s obviously a journal since it was turned over to the U.S. Attorney’s Office,” Melli said.It looks as if Mayor Zimmer purgered herself --the question is was she lying when she said she had a diary, or when she said she didn't have a diary?
Zimmer previously told The Star-Ledger that her journal was not something she used on a daily basis, but only if she needed to work through certain issues.
The July 2013 deposition, obtained by The Star-Ledger, leaves room for speculation on what type of journal Zayas was asking about.
“When you have meetings regarding day-to-day activities involving Hoboken business with your department heads, do you memorialize any of the conversation that takes place yourself?” Zayas asked in the deposition.
Zimmer replied, “No, I don’t transcribe it.”
Zayas then asked if she writes “notes in a calendar or some sort of memo pad that says follow up on a text or this was said during this meeting; anything that would help you recall what was said during the course of the meeting?”
Zimmer replied, “No, I don’t.”
The diary entries regarding Christie would have been made roughly three months prior to the deposition.