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Neighbors: Cory Booker never lived in Newark
« on: October 14, 2013, 03:35:07 PM »
As Cory Booker looks set to win the junior Senate seat in New Jersey Wednesday, his supposed neighbors in Newark say Mayor Booker doesn’t live in the Gateway City.

Multiple residents of Newark told The Daily Caller that the longtime mayor doesn’t live at any of the addresses he has claimed as home. The mayor is believed to live in New York even though he is registered to run for New Jersey’s special senate election.

Booker, who filed to run for the U.S. Senate from a P.O. Box in Newark, is registered to vote at 435 Hawthorne Avenue but his next door neighbors told this reporter and filmmaker Joel Gilbert on camera that they haven’t seen Booker in years and that he doesn’t live there.

“Does he still live here?” Gilbert asked Booker’s neighbor, Tashay Thomas.

“He never did,” she replied. “His security guards live here.”

Why did he claim to live there while sending police to be quartered in a private home?

“Because he is a liar.” Thomas replied.

Thomas yelled out to someone across the street: “They’re looking for that fake mayor who says he live here. He does not live here!”

“Cory Booker don’t live here,” said James Sharp, another neighbor. “Only his bodyguards live here.”

Why did he tell people he lived here? asked Gilbert.

“So that he could keep telling people he did stuff but he is not doing anything. A lot of people getting killed and he’s supposed stop the violence but he don’t.”
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Thomas continued. “He comes over here once in a blue moon,” she said. “I saw that man over there once and that was like in 2009. I come here every day.”

Sharp said he, too, hadn’t seen Booker around. “I have lived here for a long time.”

Thomas and Sharp said that they think Booker travels around with a police scanner and just shows up at the scene of high-profile happenings.

Looking inside the windows at both 435 Hawthorne and 19 Longworth confirmed that both properties were vacant—that is, except for two police officers.

One police officer, who said his name was Officer Martinez, told us that 435 Hawthorne was Booker’s home but property records show that the home is owned by Ife Okocha.

Cassandra Dock, a community activist critical of both Mayor Booker and Governor Christie, told us that the home on Hawthorne was actually a police station.

“I know he don’t live on Hawthorne because when I did the 2010 census I knocked on the door and asked and introduced myself as the census taker and asked the person that lived there and was told by the officer — cause that house is always filled with officers — that that was a police station so he can’t possibly live in a police station,” Dock told The Daily Caller.

Dock and her friend, Donna Jackson, are convinced that Booker lives in New York. “I really do believe he lives in New York,” says Dock.

The property at Hawthorne appeared vacant when this reporter went up to the windows. Booker’s other alleged home—19 Longworth St—was also vacant. Another police officer, who declined to give his name, greeted me there and told me the mayor wasn’t in.

Booker bought 19 Longworth St on 9/30/2011 and the Star-Ledger seemed to think he bought it as a home rather than a rental when he was delinquent on his taxes shortly after the purchase: “Perhaps the most illustrious among the laggard taxpayers was Mayor Cory Booker who, until Thursday, owed $2,820 for his newly purchased home on Longworth street.”

The house at Longworth was a murder house. According to property records, Fabio Borges bought the house in 2005 for $450,000 and was killed two years later in his front driveway by a tenant.

The property went to HSBC in a foreclosure in 2008. The bank sold the house to Cory Booker in 2011 for $171,000 (assessed value was $299,100)—a great deal if you want to live in a murder house.

But there’s no evidence that Booker lived there. The Longworth property is also not listed on Booker’s Senate ethics disclosure. Indeed, no real estate is, unless it is hidden inside “Cory Booker Management Trust,” which shows zero income.

The Hawthorne property’s public record is even more hallowed. Booker claims his widely publicized rescue of a neighbor from a burning building occurred next to that house. (Related: Newark activists say Booker’s fire-rescue story is all wet)

The New York Post did an exposé on Booker’s other property at 130 Court, which burst into flames and has been lived in by squatters. Booker recently sold the abandoned property for $1 to the Newark Now nonprofit, which he owns.

The Booker campaign did not return a request for comment.

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Re: Neighbors: Cory Booker never lived in Newark
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2013, 04:02:04 PM »
Two things:

(1) Who can really blame him for not wanting to live in Newark?

(2) Does any of this, if proven, affect his eligibility? Or would even bringing it up in corrupt NJ merely lead to another judicial farce like when Lautenberg illegally replaced Torricelli on the ballot in 2002?
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Re: Neighbors: Cory Booker never lived in Newark
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2013, 04:28:09 PM »
Two things:

(1) Who can really blame him for not wanting to live in Newark?

(2) Does any of this, if proven, affect his eligibility? Or would even bringing it up in corrupt NJ merely lead to another judicial farce like when Lautenberg illegally replaced Torricelli on the ballot in 2002?

Newark has some very nice areas, Watchung and West Orange among them.
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Re: Neighbors: Cory Booker never lived in Newark
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2013, 05:31:32 PM »
Newark has some very nice areas, Watchung and West Orange among them.
Lost population since 1930, and over 50% black.

Seems more like Detroit, than anywhere I'd want to be near. (A few nice areas, or not.)
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Re: Neighbors: Cory Booker never lived in Newark
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2013, 05:38:19 PM »
Seems more like Detroit, than anywhere I'd want to be near. (A few nice areas, or not.)

IIRC the same thing is said about Detroit, at least on one side of Three Mile Drive, though I have never been there so really don't know.

As to Olde North Church: Newark has some very nice areas, Watchung and West Orange among them. Lighten up. It was a joke, much in the same vein as Rush speaks of Rio Linda.
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Re: Neighbors: Cory Booker never lived in Newark
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2013, 06:44:08 PM »
Lost population since 1930, and over 50% black.

Seems more like Detroit, than anywhere I'd want to be near. (A few nice areas, or not.)

Actually, that was bit of a facetious answer.  Watchung and West Orange couldn't be further from Newark.  Diametrically opposed wouldn't begin to cover it.
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Re: Neighbors: Cory Booker never lived in Newark
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2013, 07:02:54 PM »
Actually, that was bit of a facetious answer.  Watchung and West Orange couldn't be further from Newark.  Diametrically opposed wouldn't begin to cover it.

That being the case, I apologize. I am most unfamiliar with the geography of NJ other than having driven through it a couple of times on my way to somewhere else.
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Re: Neighbors: Cory Booker never lived in Newark
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2013, 07:12:25 PM »
Actually, that was bit of a facetious answer.  Watchung and West Orange couldn't be further from Newark.  Diametrically opposed wouldn't begin to cover it.

That being the case, I apologize. I am most unfamiliar with the geography of NJ other than having driven through it a couple of times on my way to somewhere else.

I should be the one to apologize.  My comment was more in line with a local forum than a national one. 
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Re: Neighbors: Cory Booker never lived in Newark
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2013, 09:42:00 PM »
The unasked question:

Where DOES Cory Booker live?

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Re: Neighbors: Cory Booker never lived in Newark
« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2013, 09:58:50 PM »
The unasked question:

Where DOES Cory Booker live?


Corey Booker: Yes, I live in Newark http://www.buzzfeed.com/rubycramer/cory-booker-yes-i-live-in-newark

The claim that Booker resides elsewhere, which his opponent alleged Monday, is a “desperate stunt,” his campaign says. Property records and documentation of rental payments put Booker in Newark, where he has served as mayor since 2006.

Cory Booker’s campaign said Monday that the mayor does in fact live in Newark, N.J., the city he has governed for seven years — a response, bolstered by property records and documentation provided by his office, to recent allegations made by his opponent and the website, the Daily Caller, with just three days to go in the New Jersey special senate election.

There is no clear evidence to support claims Booker lives elsewhere.

The Caller, a conservative news organization, published an article late Sunday night asserting that Booker, the Democratic frontrunner in the race, never lived in Newark. The piece quoted two longtime anti-Booker activists and city council regulars, Donna Jackson and Cassandra Dock, who said they haven’t seen Booker — only his security detail — around either 435 Hawthorne Avenue, where he formerly rented a unit, or 19 Longworth Street, which he has owned since 2011.

The story’s author, independent journalist Charles C. Johnson, wrote that “looking inside the windows” of both properties “confirmed” they were vacant.

“That house is always filled with officers,” Dock told Johnson. “That that was a police station, so he can’t possibly live in a police station.”

Booker’s Republican opponent, former Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan, picked up on the story, hosting a news conference Monday afternoon outside the Hawthorne Avenue apartment in the city’s South Ward to discuss his opponent’s “commitment to Newark and truthfulness concerning his residence.” In an email to reporters announcing the event, Lonegan’s campaign listed the press conference location as “Cory Booker’s Purported Residence.”

In a phone interview Monday afternoon, Lonegan said, “I don’t believe he lives in Newark,” citing city residents like the ones featured in Johnson’s article.

In a statement, Booker’s communications director, Kevin Griffis, called allegations “laughable” and “desperate.”

“Cory Booker has lived for 16 years in some of Newark’s toughest neighborhoods, including for seven years on Hawthorne Avenue, fighting every day to make the city a better place for its residents,” Griffis said. “Steve Lonegan showed up there for an hour today to pull another laughable, desperate stunt to distract people from his extreme positions, which would make everything that’s wrong with Washington worse.”

Booker, his office said, lived in the Hawthorne Avenue house from late 2006 to 2013, when he moved out several weeks ago to Longworth Street. The property is a multi-family home with three units, one on each floor. While the first was vacant, the second was occupied by Booker’s security detail, and the third by Booker.

Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio explained the need for 24-hour security in a statement. “There have been numerous threats on the mayor’s safety during the last seven years,” said DeMaio. “The mayor’s apartment on Hawthorne Avenue was located in a building with multiple units. The mayor rented a unit and the police department rented a separate unit to use in their protection of the mayor.”

Booker’s office provided BuzzFeed with checks showing rental payments from Booker and from the Newark Police Department for the Hawthorne apartment dating back multiple years. The checks are made out to an Ife Okocha, who owns the Hawthorne building, according to state property records. (Booker’s senate financial disclosure form, which he released in May when the campaign first began, also lists the Hawthorne building as his home address.)

Booker moved full-time from Hawthorne Avenue to the Longworth unit, near Newark’s Lincoln Park, in late September, his office said. He has owned the building since Sept. 2011, when he purchased it for $171,000 from HSBC Bank, according to state property records and local newspaper reports from the time.

Booker moved into Brick Towers, a 20-story affordable housing complex on Newark’s Martin Luther King Blvd., shortly after becoming a city councilman in 1998. He later purchased two adjacent properties on Court Street, one of which he sold this March to Newark Now, a nonprofit he founded in 2003, for $1.

Lonegan made the property a target of his campaign last month, after the Bergen Record reported that Booker had let the building fall into disrepair, prompting neighbors to complain about squatters and the overgrown backyard.

At the time, Griffis told the paper the mayor hoped to move out of the Hawthorne apartment “soon” and live full-time on Longworth Street.

“People who live near that property say workers recently installed new exterior railings and moved furniture inside,” read the Record article.

Lonegan said it would be up to reporters to “follow through” on the Daily Caller’s report, but added, “I can only take what I’ve seen reported.”

Asked about Booker’s move in late September to the Longworth site, Lonegan questioned whether it had actually happened. “In the middle of a major U.S. Senate race? And preparing for a major debate against me?” he said. “It speaks for itself.”

Throughout this year’s race, Lonegan has focused his campaign largely on Booker, seizing on the mayor’s finances, personal life, and record in Newark as material for frequent press conferences and statements. After the Bergen Record wrote about Booker’s Court Street property, Lonegan held a press conference outside the building, which he called a “crack house.”

According to the most recent poll out Monday morning, Lonegan is trailing Booker by 10 points in Wednesday’s race to succeed the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

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Re: Neighbors: Cory Booker never lived in Newark
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2013, 08:19:06 AM »
Nothing new here. Look at the addresses some members of Congress use as their "official" residences. I remember Dick Gephardt claimed to live in a rundown old house his mother had owned in south St. Louis, but some reporter finally looked into it and it was not occupied. John D. Rockefeller IV hasn't lived in W.Va. since he was governor, but the idiot voters kept reelecting him to the Senate anyway.
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