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 »

Project Veritas Video Exposes SEIU Leader Claiming That Menendez Would Blindly Fund Make Work Jobs

James O’Keefe, the independent journalist and president of Project Veritas who has exposed corruption and malfeasance at ACORN, NPR, the NJEA and Planned Parenthood , released the second video in a series that exposes corruption at SEIU yesterday.

O’Keefe secretly records his meeting with SEIU leaders as he is ostensibly seeking government funding for his project of digging ditches and refilling them.

SEIU Local 617 President Rahaman Muhammad is caught on camera exclaiming that U.S. Senator Bob Menendez would be enthusiastic about the project.

“Menendez is going to be like, ‘Oh for real? SEIU, Oh, good, great!” Muhammad says at the 1:53 mark of the video.

Menendez is not the only politician the union officials discuss.  The other is Newark Mayor Cory Booker who fares better, or worse if you believe in wasteful government spending.   Booker is not a supporter of the working class, in the assessment of the SEIU officials recorded.


Posted: September 28th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: 2012 U.S. Senate Race, Art Gallagher, Bob Menendez, Cory Booker, Government Waste, James O'Keefe, Project Veritas, SEIU | Tags: , , , , , , | 9 Comments »