Category Archives: Mayor of Newark

Booker Sits Down With Colbert And Talks About "Brick City"

Last night on the Colbert Report, Newark Mayor Cory Booker sat down with Stephen Colbert and talked the City of Newark and the new documentary ” Brick City” which will be presented on the Sundance Channel next Monday at 10 pm.

Colbert asks Booker why he is “docu-bait”, Brick City is the second documentary to feature Booker in the past few years. For those who do not know what “Brick City” refers to, Newark has long been call the “Brick City”.
The mayor of Newark answered by saying that Brick City wasn’t just about him, but about a number of unique, grassroots folks and characters that every day, who fight to make sure that the city reaches it’s full potential.
Mayor Booker also discusses the decreasing crime rate within the city and how the quality of life for residents has steadily increased.
At one point during the interview, Colbert points out that as a “Lefty Liberal” the ACLU has given Booker a grade of “C” and asks Booker to remind him, not to visit Newark on St. Patrick’s day because they have arrested individuals for public urination.
The mayor answers by giving Colbert permission to pee in Newark… as long as he uses a urinal!
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Video: Cory Booker & Jon Corzine: Partners in Education


I received the following email from Newark Mayor Cory Booker tonight stressing what a good job Governor Corzine has done in leading and maintaining the high standards for education in the state. The video that accompanied the email I thought was excellent and a must watch:
Dear Friends.

It’s that time of year again — the summer is over and we’re sending our children back to school for another school year.

As I meet with teachers, administrators and students in Newark, I’ve been reflecting on the changes that I’ve witnessed in our schools over the last four years and Jon Corzine’s leadership when it comes to education in New Jersey.

Governor Corzine has increased funding for our schools by over $1 billion over the last four years, and here in Newark we’re making the most of it — we have three Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence and seen 4 new schools built to serve the children and families of our great City.

While we’ve made some important strides, there is much work to be done to ensure that every New Jersey child receives an excellent education. Jon Corzine is our partner in this critical mission.

Your help and support could make a real and lasting impact in the New Jersey Governor’s race, so please get involved today.

Thank you,
Mayor Cory Booker

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There Is Too Much Disagreement For Disagreement’s Sake.

I spend a lot of time preparing and looking for things to write about and/or post on this blog.  I found the following blog post from Newark’s Mayor Cory Booker extremely interesting and enlightening.
 It pays homage to Jack Kemp, the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development(HUD) and one time Vice-Presidential candidate,who passed away last week. 
It is well worth a once over. 
Booker talks about when he was a young man and how he was a fiercely committed Democrat until he had a change of heart when he had the opportunity to meet Jack Kemp.
Kemp at the time was the HUD secretarty under the 1st President Bush and  Booker was working with youth in East Palo Alto, California while attending college. It was a chance meeting that changed Booker’s outlook and the blog post pays homage to the late 

“In a time of persistent challenges that still call into question our most sacred aspirations as a country, we cannot afford shallow callous divisiveness in our public debate. We become distracted from productive labors by our perceived opponents; we become focused on them and not on our larger calling to advance our nation; our debate becomes more about scoring points against an adversary and less about advancing our common cause. And we DO have a common cause.

In college, I was a fiercely committed Democrat – a meeting Jack Kemp, then Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, challenged my blind partisanship. I met Secretary Kemp in East Palo Alto, California where I was working with youth. He was a Republican, I was a Democrat yet somehow he cut right through my then natural state of cynicism. I must confess that I almost regretted that I immediately liked this Bush appointed HUD Secretary. My mother has a saying, “who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you say.” It wasn’t his gift for gab that struck me but the power of his ideas and his authentic spirit. Kemp was clearly passionate about urban spaces and the people of cities. He immediately engaged me (a college student) in a direct candid manner; he appealed to my compassion and my logic. And more than that, it was obvious that he was not in East Palo Alto looking for a photo op surrounded by people of color — he was there to listen, to share his ideas and hear concerns.

After that meeting, I sought out more about Jack Kemp. I ordered some of his speeches and read what I could. I found I disagreed with him on some matters of policy, but reading and listening to him, I found that he always challenged me in the most productive of ways. My study of Kemp encouraged me to learn more about subjects from tax policy to international trade and, on occasion, I had to yield to the strength of his ideas and change my views. “

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Is Newark Mayor Cory Booker Corrupt?

Is it a crime to be the Mayor of Newark and if so does that make Cory Booker corrupt? Politicker.com’s Editor, James W. Pindell seems to be eluding to just that. 

In a column posted yesterday by Mr. Pindell titled The most corrupt political office in America: Illinois Governor, he tries to explain the history of corruption that has plagued the governorship of Illinois. If current Gov. Rod Blagojevich goes to jail for trying to sell Barack Obama’s vacant senate seat, then he will be the fourth Governor of Illinois to have been convicted of a crime and sent to jail in the past forty years. 
However, in trying to explain the history of corruption in Illinois, Pindell adds this throw-away line: 
“But this is political story that goes beyond just Blagojevich. Along with the position of Newark, New Jersey mayor the seat of Illinois Governor may be the most corrupt office in America.”
In the past, I know that a few of Newark’s mayors have been somewhat ethically challenged ( James, Gibson, Imperiale…), but to add this line just to emphasize or compare Newark’s Mayors to Illinois’s Governors is grossly unfair to Cory Booker, who by all accounts, is doing a fantastic job straightening out the problems in Newark.
I would also like to point out that Mr. Booker, as the current occupant of the Newark Mayor’s office has had no hint of scandal or corruption. 
I think that Mr. Pindell, in the future should be a little more careful with his throw-away lines. one (or two,or three) bad apples don’t spoil the whole bushel.    

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>Is Newark Mayor Cory Booker Corrupt?

>Is it a crime to be the Mayor of Newark and if so does that make Cory Booker corrupt? Politicker.com’s Editor, James W. Pindell seems to be eluding to just that. 

In a column posted yesterday by Mr. Pindell titled The most corrupt political office in America: Illinois Governor, he tries to explain the history of corruption that has plagued the governorship of Illinois. If current Gov. Rod Blagojevich goes to jail for trying to sell Barack Obama’s vacant senate seat, then he will be the fourth Governor of Illinois to have been convicted of a crime and sent to jail in the past forty years. 
However, in trying to explain the history of corruption in Illinois, Pindell adds this throw-away line: 
“But this is political story that goes beyond just Blagojevich. Along with the position of Newark, New Jersey mayor the seat of Illinois Governor may be the most corrupt office in America.”
In the past, I know that a few of Newark’s mayors have been somewhat ethically challenged ( James, Gibson, Imperiale…), but to add this line just to emphasize or compare Newark’s Mayors to Illinois’s Governors is grossly unfair to Cory Booker, who by all accounts, is doing a fantastic job straightening out the problems in Newark.
I would also like to point out that Mr. Booker, as the current occupant of the Newark Mayor’s office has had no hint of scandal or corruption. 
I think that Mr. Pindell, in the future should be a little more careful with his throw-away lines. one (or two,or three) bad apples don’t spoil the whole bushel.    

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