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Low profile for Democrats as Christie inaugurated

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN
updated 7:50 PM EST, Tue January 21, 2014
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Christie takes oath, but key mayors tending to their own business
  • Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop talks about his contention Christie aides gave him the cold shoulder
  • He also spoke up for Hoboken's mayor, who alleges Christie higher-ups held storm relief funds hostage
  • Fulop says scandals do not reflect well on New Jersey nationally

(CNN) -- Key New Jersey Democrats were noticeably absent as embattled Gov. Chris Christie was sworn in for a second term on Tuesday.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop made preparations for Super Bowl week. But controversy over his claim the Christie administration gave him the cold shoulder for not supporting the governor for reelection overshadowed planning for the NFL championship at MetLife Stadium on February 2.

"Look, I can't speak to their motivation," Fulop said when asked by reporters about multiple investigations of the Christie administration over suggestions of political "dirty tricks" against another North Jersey mayor.

"There was an open public records request as far as all information that pertained to my dialogue with the governor's office. I provided that information, and I think that the e-mails speak for themselves as far as timing goes."

Fulop was referring to e-mails he provided to CNN concerning conversations he had with members of the administration about planned meetings last summer he said were canceled right around the time he declined to endorse Christie for reelection.

Fulop also spoke up for Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who has accused state government higher-ups -- who deny the allegations -- of conditioning Superstorm Sandy recovery funds for her town on her support for a redevelopment project backed by the governor.

"What I can say is that my experience with Mayor Zimmer has been that she's always been an honest broker and been very upfront with all information that she's provided," said Fulop.

Saying the controversies don't reflect well on New Jersey nationally, Fulop called for a quick resolution to the inquiries. They are headlined by a state legislative investigation of suggestions top Christie appointees orchestrated traffic gridlock near the George Washington Bridge last September to politically punish Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for not backing Christie for reelection.

Christie and other state officials have vehemently denied any wrongdoing.

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