Giuliani: NJ Governor Faces `Partisan Witch Hunt'

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey Democrat leading the investigation into traffic jams orchestrated by Gov. Chris Christie's aides says his committee will look into a new allegation of political retribution by the Republican administration.

Assemblyman John Wisniewski says Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer's allegation that Superstorm Sandy recovery funds were withheld from her town because she wouldn't support a politically connected real estate development is a serious new charge.

The governor's office vigorously denies the mayor's claims.

Christie spokesman Colin Reed says the administration helped Zimmer secure aid after the storm severely flooded the Hudson River town.

Four people close to Christie lost their jobs after a top aide gave the go-ahead to close lanes to the George Washington Bridge as apparent political payback.

Meanwhile, former New York Republican Mayor Rudy Giuliani says Democrats are engaged in a partisan pile-on against Christie that is testing his administration and threatening his political future.

Giuliani said Sunday: "It clearly is a partisan witch hunt."

He reportedly defended Christie in regards to the George Washington Bridge scandal and downplayed Hoboken's allegations regarding the Superstorm Sandy funds.

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