Letter of Randy Mastro on Zimmer - Christie scandal
Randy M. Mastro
Direct: +1 212.351.3825
Fax: +1 212.351.5219
February 4, 2014
VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL
Gerald Krovatin, Esq.
Krovatin Klingeman LLC
60 Park Place, Suite 1100
Newark, NJ 07102
Dear Mr. Krovatin:
We represent the Office of the Governor of New Jersey. Although there is a lack of clarity as to whether
you represent the City of Hoboken or Hoboken Mayor Zimmer following and in connection with her
recent allegations regarding Superstorm Sandy Relief for Hoboken,1 we are writing to you in an
abundance of caution to make certain requests of Mayor Zimmer in both her official and her individual
capacity. We trust that, if you do not represent Mayor Zimmer, this letter will be provided to Mayor
Zimmer immediately. Please therefore promptly confirm to us that you will be representing her in
regard to this letter request and, if not, that you have given this letter to her to respond directly to our
The Governor’s Office takes the allegations recently made by Hoboken Mayor Zimmer very seriously.
For that reason, we have assembled a team here that includes five former federal prosecutors and are
conducting a thorough review of the facts pertinent to Mayor Zimmer’s allegations. Toward that end,
we request assistance from Mayor Zimmer.
First, we request the opportunity to interview Mayor Zimmer as soon as possible. We understand, from
Mayor Zimmer’s January 22, 2014 letter to the Hoboken City Council and her recent press interviews,
that Mayor Zimmer has already met with representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District
of New Jersey about these allegations. We further understand from those same sources that the U.S.
Attorney’s Office has asked Mayor Zimmer to stop speaking publicly about these allegations. The
private interview that we request of Mayor Zimmer would further our mandate from the Governor’s
Office to facilitate cooperation with the U.S. Attorney’s investigation and complete an internal review.
We already advised the U.S. Attorney’s Office that we would be reaching out to potential witnesses such
as Mayor Zimmer. Hence, to help us complete our internal review of these allegations, we request that
you and Mayor Zimmer meet with us next week, at your convenience and at a location of your choosing.
Although the City of Hoboken’s January 22, 2014 resolution that retained you approves your retention “to represent the
City [of Hoboken] as Special Legal Counsel-Sandy Relief Government Funding Related Matters,” the letter of prosed
retention attached to the Resolution states that you were seeking approval to “represent Mayor Zimmer in her official
In addition, we understand that Mayor Zimmer has voluntarily delivered to prosecutors documents that
she considers to be relevant to these allegations. Redacted portions of some of these documents have
also appeared in the press. We request a complete, unredacted copy of all documents that Mayor
Zimmer has provided to others, such as the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the press, including any
handwritten notes or correspondence, relating to her allegations, and any other documents relating to
Hoboken’s requests for Sandy-related aid made to the Office of the Governor (or anyone employed by
the Office of the Governor), the New Jersey Governor’s Office of Recovery & Rebuilding, or any other
federal or state agency.
We look forward to your and/or Mayor Zimmer’s prompt response to this request.
Randy M. Mastro
cc: Gerald Krovatin, Esq.