By Art Gallagher , Originally posted at PolitickerNJ
Sharpe James never lacked for self-confidence. Or strong opinions. In the first chapter of his new memoir, the former Newark mayor likens himself to his “role models;” biblical and historical political prisoners Jesus, John the Baptist, the Apostles James and Peter, Gandhi, Mandela and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Governor Christopher Christie, who as U.S. Attorney prosecuted James in 2008 on five counts of fraud related to the sale of Newark owned property, is likened to Lucifer and “a slovenly intoxicated King Herod” who was given James’s figurative “head on a platter” by former friends and associates who lied under oath in order to save their own necks from prosecution.
James refers to Christie and former President George W. Bush as “head hunters.”
Political Prisoner reads like two books. In between the opening chapter that sets up the context of his persecution and the closing chapters recollecting his prosecution and imprisonment, James tells the compelling story of his remarkable life lived during a tumultuous American century.
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Posted: October 23rd, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Newark, Sharpe James | Tags: Newark, Political Prisoner, Sharpe James | No Comments »
Governor Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Cory Booker cut the ribbon for Newark’s Teachers Village this morning. Teachers Village is a $150 million project in the heart of the city’s downtown district that will house three charter schools, a day care center, 200 rental housing units for teachers and 65,000 square feet of retail space.
The private development being lead by the RBH Group, was financed with the help of a $39.5 million Urban Transit Hub tax credit.
Posted: September 25th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Christie, Cory Booker, Newark | Tags: Chris Christie, Cory Booker, Newark, RBH Group, Teachers Village, Urban Transit Hub tax credit | 1 Comment »
Cory Booker is in Hollywood tonight where Jason Bourne and Batman are holding a big ticket fundraiser for the Superhero wannabe Senator.
GOP nominee Steve Lonegan is answering by holding a Red Carpet fundraiser in Newark, featuring stars from New Jersey — everyday people that make New Jersey a great place to live.
What: A Night with the Stars of New Jersey
When: Monday, September 23, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Kings Family Restaurant
557 Clinton Avenue
Newark, NJ 07108
Guests will be wearing some of the latest styles from:
- Faded Glory
- Old Navy
Listen to Lonegan’s radio ad here.
Posted: September 23rd, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Cory Booker, Newark, Senate Special Election, Steve Lonegan | Tags: Batman, Ben Affleck, Cory Booker, Jason Bourne, Matt Damon, Red Carpet Fundraiser, Special Senate Election, Steve Lonegan | 2 Comments »
Booker is in California
Newark recorded its 65th violent killing so far this year, the 11th in less than a month, yesterday afternoon when a 28 year old Irvington man was shot and killed at the 200 block of Hobson Street, according to a report in The Star Ledger.
There were 26 people killed in the Newark riots of 1967.
Mayor Cory Booker is on a fundraising trip to California that will culminate with a dinner co-hosted by Jason Bourne and Batman.
The New Jersey media was up Governor Christie’s keister to his lap band when he went to Disney World during the December 2010 snow storm. How come they are giving Booker a pass for abandoning his city during this outbreak of violent deaths?
Posted: September 20th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Cory Booker, Newark, Senate Special Election | Tags: Cory Booker, Newark, Newark violence | 2 Comments »
Lonegan and his Newark supporters allege Booker paid hecklers
GOP nominee for U.S. Senate Steve Lonegan went to Newark yesterday afternoon to underscore Democratic nominee Cory Booker’s hypocrisy and failure.
A group of perhaps a dozen Booker supporters made sure Lonegan wasn’t heard by the press, no matter how hard the reporters present struggled to hear what the former Bogota mayor had to say.
Lonegan called a press conference at 130 Court Street in Newark, a home that Booker bought for $175,000 in November of 2009 and left in a state of disrepair until he sold it to Newark Now, a non-profit Booker founded, in March of this year for $1.00 The Record reported last weekend that the home has been a neighborhood nuisance since Booker bought it. The New York Post reported yesterday that squatters living in the home caused a fire last year.
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Posted: September 18th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2013 Election, Cory Booker, Newark, Senate Special Election, Steve Lonegan | Tags: Cory Booker, Newark, Newark Now, Special Election, Special Senate Election, Steve Lonegan | 21 Comments »
In an interview with NJTV’s On The Record with Michael Aron aired yesterday, Democratic U.S. Senate nominee, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, insisted that T-Bone is a real person and not a composite or archetype as has been previously reported.
The mayor said the Newark police told him there are currently five people in the city using the alias “T-Bone.” He went on to say that he, as an attorney prior to entering public office, “and after I became mayor” would hold meetings with drug dealers, “100′s of guys involved in the narcotics trade,” in his house, “ even putting them up with me.”
The Booker interview can be viewed here. Aron starts the T-Bone questioning at the 9:15 mark. Booker talks about his meetings and his hospitality for drug dealers, while mayor, at the 11:29 mark.
Booker said he was dealing with non-violent drug dealers. Aron did not ask him how he knew they were non-violent drug dealers.
When MMM first reported the T-Bone controversy, we asked, Did Booker Fabricate A Drug Dealer Or Did He Harbor A Fugitive? Last week, I argued that Booker’s “story telling” to make a point or to inspire action was not a big deal and was politically insignificant.
However, if Booker is telling the truth in his stories, as he insists he is, it is a big deal. It seems to me that Booker is confessing to his own crimes of harboring fugitives and maybe even aiding and abetting.
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Posted: September 16th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Cory Booker, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Newark, News, NJ Media, Senate Special Election | Tags: Cory Booker, Crime, Michael Aron, Newark, NJTV, Special Senate Election, T-Bone, violence | 4 Comments »
Happy Labor Day.
Today we can celebrate that “government of the people, for the people and by the people” has perished from this State.
It has been replaced by government of, for and by the government workers’ unions, bureaucrats protected by civil “service” laws and contracts, and the politicians, protected by gerrymandering and incumbency, who have abdicated the most fundamental functions of government to said unions and bureaucrats. The so called public “servants.”
There have been eight people killed violently in Newark, either by shooting or stabbing, in the last seven days.
If this was a partisan political post, I’d be slamming Newark Mayor Cory Booker for the rise in crime in his city over the last over the last three years.
But that would be disingenuous. Violent crime in Newark declined from 2006, when Booker was elected mayor through November of 2010 when he laid off the 167 city police officers that had been hired since he became mayor.
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Posted: September 2nd, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Christie, Cory Booker, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Government Employees Unions, Government Waste, Law Enforcement, Legislature, New Jersey, Newark, NJ State Legislature | Tags: Cory Booker, Government employees unions, Governor Chris Christie, Gun Violence, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, Newark, NJ Legislature, unions, violence, violent crime | 10 Comments »
Says T-Bone “could be my Dad”
Cory Booker used to tell at story of T-Bone, a Newark drug dealer, who once threatened his life and later asked him for help avoiding arrest and prison. Booker told the story “millions of times” on the stump in Newark, at colleges and at fundraisers where the moving tale separated donors from their money.
Booker stopped telling the story after The Star Ledger questioned its veracity in 2007, even though Booker insisted T-Bone is both “1000 percent real” and an archetype.
The National Review has revived the story.
Our friends at #BookerFail found a video of Booker telling the tale, which is posted above.
Either Booker made up T-Bone, or he confessed on video to harboring a fugitive.
Posted: August 29th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Cory Booker, Newark, Senate Special Election | Tags: #BookeraFail, Cory Booker, National Review, T-Bone | 3 Comments »