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Anti-Cory Booker Mayhem Turns City Council Meeting into Near-Riot

6:26 pm - 11/21/2012


Police had to resort to pepper-spray to end an unruly city council meeting in Newark last night, after a procedural move by Mayor Cory Booker caused angry citizens to storm the stage in protest—an evening of mayhem that should lead to tremors in a possible fight against Chris Christie.

To give you the background on the scene, courtesy of the Newark Star-Ledger: the council was meeting to nominate a replacement for Donald Payne Jr., who gave up his seat two weeks ago after being elected to Congress. Booker was looking to nominate an ally, Shanique Davis Speight, to the empty slot. His opponents were pushing for John James, the son of former Newark mayor Sharpe James, who Booker beat in 2006 to claim his current job. When a councilman supporting James attempted to speak, he was not recognized by the acting chair, so he and three other council-members walked out in protest, leaving the council without a quorum.

That's when Booker stepped in. In the absence of a quorum, council rules allow the mayor to sit in and cast votes. Anticipating just such a moment, Booker's chief of staff had planned ahead, making sure the mayor was at the council meeting—for the first time ever—to take action. Speight was nominated to the empty seat and Booker cast the deciding vote in her favor.

That's when the mayhem started. Residents grew furious over what looked like back-room cronyism orchestrated by Booker and his allies, and began chanting "Cory's gotta go." When Speight entered the chamber to be sworn in, dozens of citizens stormed the dais and had to be pushed back by police. One man was even arrested. Speight had to leave the room to be sworn in elsewhere.

No matter which way you look at his maneuvering—and his staff insists he followed all the rules—this incident won't look good for Booker the next time he runs for office. Booker is widely expected to challenge Chris Christie for the New Jersey Governor's chair next year, and the Republicans already have their first ready-made campaign ad. Booker's own constituents turning against him and losing their minds over a shady deal to pack the city council with his friends? That's not the image that America has come to expect from its superhero Twitter mayor. (@CoryBooker has been unusually silent since the meeting last night.)

With Christie riding high for his "state before party" approach to hurricane relief (a new poll this morning finds his approval rate at 67 percent), and Booker's food stamp challenge suddenly overshadowed, the episode gives Christie the opportunity to label the mayor as partisan hack.

source: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2012/11/anti-cory-booker-mayhem-turns-city-council-meeting-near-riot/59223/#
farchivist 22nd-Nov-2012 03:35 am (UTC)
No matter which way you look at his maneuvering—and his staff insists he followed all the rules—this incident won't look good for Booker the next time he runs for office.

I would disagree with that. What it does is make him look decisive. This has been brewing for a while; the dissenting council members had vowed gridlock until they got their way. Acting in accordance to the rules to get shit done when you know gridlock WILL occur is not a bad thing. As Booker said:

"The actions taken last night by the Administration and half of the membership of the Municipal Council were in the interest of good government and designed to ensure the continuity of the legislative process," Booker said. "It was imperative that the Mayor and the Municipal Council immediately take the necessary steps to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. The likelihood of a deadlock among the eight remaining members has been apparent for quite some time."
- Source

I certainly wouldn't have done differently.
bnmc2005 22nd-Nov-2012 04:36 am (UTC)
Not from Jersey, but I'm side-eyeing this article hard.


YES, This feels like spin.
wldrose 22nd-Nov-2012 05:21 am (UTC)
im from NYC and lived in jersey it may be spin but James is a real piece of work. I know people who worked and lived in the city and very few people who had to deal with him think he is anything more than a crook.
roseofjuly 23rd-Nov-2012 06:56 am (UTC)
That's what I've heard, and it sounds more like cronyism that folks were trying to get his son a spot on the city council.
wldrose 22nd-Nov-2012 05:33 am (UTC)
oye I think I said the wrong thing sorry
wrestlingdog 22nd-Nov-2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
Glad it wasn't just me.
farchivist 22nd-Nov-2012 04:59 am (UTC)
"Biased" might be a mild description.
ragnor144 22nd-Nov-2012 05:33 am (UTC)
Looks at Wikipedia...

Sharpe James (born February 20, 1936) is a Democratic politician and convicted felon from New Jersey

oh

This article makes it sound like something was done completely against the rules without a quorum, not like there was another allowed way to do this. It look like Mayor Booker tried it the "right" way, but that wasn't going to work.

I admit I'm biased - I like Booker and don't want someone else I admire to turn out to be a another schmuck.
wldrose 22nd-Nov-2012 03:57 am (UTC)
And the exmayor is a bare knuckle political of the old school machine politics and is as crooked as a dogs back leg, he is pissed he ended up in jail. Some of his old power base is still on the counsel and they were going to put the kid in and cause even more obstruction. Really Really not cool.

Daddy started spouting on about how Booker fixed it so he would be in jail, and that Booker didnt do things like save his neighbor from burning to death, etc.
farchivist 22nd-Nov-2012 05:03 am (UTC)
*reads up on Sharpe James*
Oh. I see.
So this was just a bullshit attempt by Sharpe to rule through his son by proxy. Nice. Good for Booker, then, to smack down this asshole.
d00ditsemily 22nd-Nov-2012 04:15 am (UTC)
Oh Newark, hasn't Booker done a ton for you guys? He seems very reasonable and accessible no need for this.
bettalaylow 22nd-Nov-2012 02:31 pm (UTC)
Do you know anything about Newark other than what you've read on Corey Booker's twitter account?
roseofjuly 23rd-Nov-2012 06:57 am (UTC)
Oh, come on, it's not like Cory Booker HASN'T done a lot for Newark. That goes beyond his Twitter.
bettalaylow 23rd-Nov-2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
Tell me what has he done for the city of Newark? Not business like Panasonic, Prudential Center but the actual city and it's citizens?

I'll tell you a few things he's done recently he just orchestrated a merit based contract for public school teachers. But the teachers that will most benefit is teachers in the Charter Schools (which Booker is a big proponent of) but teachers in the public schools good luck to then because they can't pick their students. Also in the comments section of this article a few of the posters break it down how through this deal teachers will in fact lose pay
http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2012/11/newark_school_merit_pay_contra.html#comments

Also this article really goes into whose pulling Booker' strings

http://blackagendareport.com/content/cory-booker-clear-and-present-threat-public-education

Also he has been pushing to privatize the public water and we know how well privatizing public utilities works. Water should be a basic right and if Booker gets his wish it will drive up the cost for many residents that are living in poverty.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/markbergen/2012/04/14/cory-booker-more-stalin-than-superhero/

I've always said anyone that thinks I just have some irrational reason for bashing Booker are welcome to come to Newark and see for themselves the condition of his city. One thought I gurantee you will walk away is how he has so much damn time for twitter when his city and the residents are in the condition they're in.
bestdaywelived 24th-Nov-2012 03:58 am (UTC)
Charter schools aren't supposed to pick their students, either. Charter schools are supposed to do a lottery and take all children, not pick the highest achievers.
bettalaylow 24th-Nov-2012 03:45 pm (UTC)
Is it really that hard for you to make the leap that a child who comes from a supportive and parents are invested in their education are more likely to take the necessary steps to enroll their child into a Charter School? Also if your a big proponent of Charter Schools as mayor which children are you going to push to be enrolled in Charter Schools ones most likely to achieve or the ones who will be lucky if they even make it to the 10th grade?

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ladypolitik 23rd-Nov-2012 12:05 pm (UTC)
Wow
farchivist 23rd-Nov-2012 01:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's you again. Are you going to start up with more smack about Booker that you can't source?
chaya 22nd-Nov-2012 01:53 pm (UTC)
So some people left in a tantrum so nobody could get anything done, and Booker had planned for said tantrum and made sure he was present?

How does this look bad for both sides again?
bettalaylow I know Booker is Hero in this community22nd-Nov-2012 02:30 pm (UTC)
But people familiar with Essex County politics knows Booker is controlled by the Godfather Steve Adubato and he was the one that led to Shamique Davis' appointment. To give you background Adubato is mobster who went legit he's a power broker who doesn't give a shit about the residents but has turned Newark into a cash cow for him and his business associates while the vast majority of the residents remain unemployed and in poverty.
bethan_b_bad 22nd-Nov-2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
Oh goody. Did someone say your name three times in the mirror or something? You're like bloody clockwork, I swear.
bettalaylow 23rd-Nov-2012 02:54 pm (UTC)
Again I live in the real world not twitter
farchivist Re: I know Booker is Hero in this community23rd-Nov-2012 01:39 pm (UTC)
But people familiar with Essex County politics knows Booker is controlled by the Godfather Steve Adubato

[citation needed]
bettalaylow Re: I know Booker is Hero in this community23rd-Nov-2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
I'm not going to do your homework for you do a simple google search of Steve Adubato Sr. NOT jr. and most of the articles reference him as a north jersey political broker.
farchivist Re: I know Booker is Hero in this community23rd-Nov-2012 02:16 pm (UTC)
No, I want the dox wherein it is stated that Mr Booker is controlled pawn of Mr Adubato, Sr.
bettalaylow Re: I know Booker is Hero in this community23rd-Nov-2012 02:25 pm (UTC)
Like I said I'm not doing your home work come to Newark attend a city council meeting and investigate the local politics. You can't even run for school board without Adubato' support but I don't expect a total outsider to understand these nuances. Stay in twitter world where you can continue the hero worship and you don't have to concern yourself with things like unemployment, education, crime, and poverty.
farchivist Re: I know Booker is Hero in this community23rd-Nov-2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
ou can't even run for school board without Adubato' support but I don't expect a total outsider to understand these nuances.

Sure, so you say. And I've heard differently from other Newarkians on the subject.
But your constant run-down of Booker is, frankly, suspicious. I'm starting to think you might be one of these Sharpe mafiosos.

Stay in twitter world

I don't have a Twitter.
bettalaylow Re: I know Booker is Hero in this community24th-Nov-2012 03:54 pm (UTC)
Haha you expect to believe you know one legitimate resident of Newark have even been in that city other than to fly out of the airport or attend an event at the Prudential? All you've offered is personal attacks on me but it still doesn't change that you're spouting nothing but bullshit.

Oh but you figured out my true agenda I'm James mafiaoso that must have been why I donated to Booker's campaign run against James. Now I wouldn't give a nickel or a second of my time but before I really believed the hype of Booker.
farchivist Re: I know Booker is Hero in this community26th-Nov-2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
Haha you expect to believe you know one legitimate resident of Newark have even been in that city other than to fly out of the airport or attend an event at the Prudential?

Yes, I do know legitimate residents of Newark, and I don't really care if you believe me or not.

Oh but you figured out my true agenda I'm James mafiaoso that must have been why I donated to Booker's campaign run against James. Now I wouldn't give a nickel or a second of my time but before I really believed the hype of Booker.

Your previous 'comments' on Booker do not support this assertion, therefore I do not think it is true.
bettalaylow Re: I know Booker is Hero in this community26th-Nov-2012 05:58 pm (UTC)
I was in a different place politically in 2004 was heavily involved in local politics until I opened my eyes.
farchivist Re: I know Booker is Hero in this community26th-Nov-2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
And you support who to replace Booker, exactly?
bettalaylow Re: I know Booker is Hero in this community27th-Nov-2012 03:24 pm (UTC)
That's a complicated question because not all the blame falls on Booker. The corruption and shitty leadership extends to the city council who are just as or even more corrupt than the Booker administration. So there is a viable candidate out there right now. What I really want is for people in the whole state to start rejecting these political bosses and their lackeys. And start with grassroots candidates particularly in cities like Newark, Camden, Jersey City. It's way too much of business as usual. For 30 years the candidates that are being pumped out there have done jack shit for their cities.

But this is a much bigger convo this is just a smattering of my thoughts.
bestdaywelived Re: I know Booker is Hero in this community25th-Nov-2012 03:53 am (UTC)
But crime is not something that the mayor can reasonably control. With the culture of silence in Philadelphia and certain Jersey cities, cops can barely do shit to stop crime.

I love Mayor Nutter, and whenever he tries to clean up the city or break up crime, he's met with so much opposition that it's ridiculous.
bettalaylow Re: I know Booker is Hero in this community25th-Nov-2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
So you're saying its the resident's fault and the mayor bares no responsibility for the crime rate in his/her city? I want to make sure I understand you clearly. Also do you think an appopripiate response for dealing with crime is to lay off cops?
sophiaserpentia 22nd-Nov-2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
So, wait, his participation was entirely by the rules, precipitated by his opponents walking out in the middle of it? And then his opponents' supporters tried to rout the council's vote through violence?

Edited at 2012-11-22 04:49 pm (UTC)
bestdaywelived 24th-Nov-2012 04:00 am (UTC)
Sharpe James is a piece of shit.
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