Booker has bigger problems than Christie’s poll numbers

Earlier this morning I joked that Newark Mayor Cory Booker hasn’t been active on twitter since the Rutgers-Eagleton poll that indicates Governor Chris Christie’s sky high approval ratings.

Turns out that Booker has much bigger problems.

The Star Ledger is reporting that a Newark City Council meeting erupted into chaos yesterday over Bookers vote to replace Congressman-elect Donald Payne, JR on the council with Shanique Davis Speight, a long time ally of power broker Steven Abudato, SR, over the angry objections of residents and city council members who preferred that former Mayor Sharpe James son, John Sharpe James.

The a crowd lead by SEIU Local 617 President Rahaman Muhammad rushed the dais after Booker cast his deciding vote for Speight.  Police responded by pepper spraying Muhammad, residents, a reporter and at least one other police officer.   Councilman Darrin Sharif, who had walked off the dais in protest, told the Ledger that “This truly was an out-of-body experience. The mayor, who goes all around the country to talk about democracy … literally in the back of the room, hiding in the shadows.”

The crowd was shouting, “Cory’s got to go,” according to the Ledger report.

Meanwhile, the conservative website The Daily Caller reported that Booker may soon be living on food stamps.  The mayor got into twat (a term I just made up that means twitter spat) with one of his followers, @MWadeMC wherein he challeged the woman to join him in living on food stamps for a week or a month in New Jersey to see what it is like.

The Ledger report and the DC report lead to a colorful public twat between Democratic operatives Jay Lassiter (@jay_lass), Jeff Gardner (@JeffPGardner) and Steve Ayscue (@SteveAyscue). Lassiter and Garnder were critical of Booker’s back room dealing, calling him corrupt.  Ayscue defended Booker, saying that comparing what happened in Newark last night over Payne’s council seat to former Mayor James corruption was like comparing apples and oranges.  The quick witted Garnder responded, “apples and oranges may be different, but in the end, they’re both still fruit.”


Lassiter’s colorful tweet got the ball rolling.

Posted: November 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: 2013 Gubernatorial Politics, Cory Booker | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

8 Comments on “Booker has bigger problems than Christie’s poll numbers”

  1. This means nothing said at 12:19 pm on November 21st, 2012:

    The NJEA will get behind anyone that is the Dem nominee for Gov. They will spend those dues they collected to buy the election as they have done for the last 40 years.

    The other unions will do the same.

    This along with the liberal NJ voter, the takers and the liberal NJ media will swing this election away from Christie.

    Menendez a career criminal won!

    Christie will not be re elected, this should not surprise anyone. Obama is President, if a Christie loose is surprising you have not been paying attention to what is going on in this country.

  2. Henry Heinz said at 12:30 pm on November 21st, 2012:

    Did the author of this article look up the existing definition of the word “Twat” before assigning a new one?

  3. Art Gallagher said at 1:05 pm on November 21st, 2012:

    @ Henry. No I didn’t, thankfully or I might not have used it.

    My word has a phonetic pronunciation tw at, rhymes with spat, whereas the other word is pronounced tw ot, rhymes with spot

  4. brian said at 3:56 pm on November 21st, 2012:

    Gov. Booker, with help from Milhous and the Demoncrats ,will come through this just fine in this deep, deep blue failed State.

  5. Barry said at 5:34 pm on November 21st, 2012:

    If anyone had watched “The Brick City” on the Sundance Channel (about Booker’s 2009-2010 exploits) would know this soap opera has been going on for over 3 years.

  6. Bob English said at 7:13 pm on November 21st, 2012:

    I liked Christie’s re-election changes prior to the hurricane and like them even more now. In statewide elections in NJ, for an R to win, its all about appealing to the independents/moderate voters. There are pleanty of things I disagree with the Gov on but when he says “we cant spend money that we dont have”….people understand that and relate to that. Christie is also smart enough not to get mixed up with any of the craziness of the extreme right and as far as NJ goes, that is a big net positive for him.

  7. Proud Republican said at 9:09 pm on November 21st, 2012:

    There is no way that Booker will run for Governor after this. If you include his idiotic publicity stunt of living on food stamps, he is looking like the king of all buffoons. To top it off, he is one of the worst, most ineffective mayors in the state. Look at his record – crime, drug dealing, gang murders are all up under his watch. He lost the Nets and picked a fight (and lost) with one of the biggest taxpayers in the city – the NJ Devils. He is soaking up aid from the State, and even the Governor had to cut off funds for their abysmal finances. As we have learned at the federal level, just because a guy can string two sentences together, it doesn’t mean he knows what he is doing. One more thing, the unions came out big time for Corzine, especially after he paid their way – and he still lost. Same thing happens in 2013. Christie’s at 67% approval, Booker is hearing chants of “Cory’s got to go.”

  8. A once proud and great city said at 11:53 am on November 23rd, 2012:

    Has devolved into another failed experiment in redistribution. The amount of money the rest of us send to Newark should be enough to pave the streets in gold. But it continues to be a sponge,that soaks up more and more,and produces less and less. What happened to that big private donation of money for their schools? Did one student performance score go up? I seriously doubt it. When the culture is “gimme-gimme what I didn’t work for”, along with the total breakdown of family and personal responsibility, you get another Newark, and sadly, there are too many of them, in both NJ as well as the rest of the country.