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Booker A No-Show At Newark Event

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Governor Chris Christie was on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony for Panasonic’s new North American headquarters in Newark.  This move to the state’s largest city is supposed to create about 250 jobs by 2016 and another 200 jobs within ten years.

In his speech, Christie thanked Mayor Cory Booker for his Bipartisan efforts to make Panasonic’s move to Newark happen, but Booker was nowhere to be found.

Longtime political strategist Tom Fitzsimmons discussed the mayor’s absences saying, “The irony of course is that the knock on Cory Booker is that he’s more on ribbon cuttings and less about being the mayor. Considering that he’s up 20 points and the governor’s up 20 points, there really is no political fallout to appearing at an event with the governor so it’s a little odd that he’s not there.”

Many feel like his absence is really a non-issue.  Booker was involved with this process from the very beginning and the city was represented at the event by the deputy mayor. His presence there may have even caused more controversy being that he has time for fun events while Newark is drowning in violence and murders.

Fitzsimmons also mentioned how many Newark residents feel that he is not completely genuine when it comes to their city.  He said, “The knock on Cory Booker is that he’s not from there, he’s not authentic, he kind of helicoptered in, he’s very active on social media, and he’s very adept to getting his name out there.  In politics we have this saying that there’s work-horses and show-horses, the word on him is that he’s a show-horse and not a work-horse.”  

As far as Booker’s opponent Steve Lonegan goes, he’s hitting the campaign trail hard and even held a press conference yesterday in front of what they referred to as “Cory Booker's abandoned property that is now a crack house.”

In the end, we have to remember that New Jersey’s unemployment rate is at 8.6% and the event held in Newark was all about job creation and job growth which is exactly what New Jersey needs right now.

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