Booker due back in Hoboken: Update!

9/30/2010 UPDATE:

Booker is DOUBLE-BOOKED!

Zimmer/Lenz event takes back seat to Monmouth County Dems

If Mayor Dawn Zimmer had you thinking you were going to spend any “quality time” with Newark Mayor Cory Booker tonight, think again.

Hoboken411 has learned Booker will spend most of his evening in Matawan as “Special Host” of the 21st Annual Monmouth County Democratic Chairman’s Ball. This is a serious political event with “Gold Level” sponsorships of $5000, and $125 “Black-Tie (Optional)” tickets. The Monmouth County Dems are far more important to Booker than little Hoboken in his master plan to someday ascend to the U.S. Senate or Governor’s Mansion. Monmouth – and not Hoboken – will be his priority tonight.

Hour-long drive to Hoboken for Booker

The Chairman’s Ball runs from 7pm to 9:30pm at Sterling Gardens. Google Maps indicates it will take somewhere between 50 minutes and an hour and 20 minutes for Booker to drive from Matawan to Hoboken tonight (and who knows if the rain will pose problems…) Zimmer is selling direct access to her office for $250 a head from 6pm to 7pm (without Booker) and regular tickets including Booker’s fly-by appearance from 7pm to 11pm.

Now it can be told Zimmer’s Teak event runs much later than typical political fundraisers to accommodate Booker’s first priority in Monmouth County. If he stays until the end of that event (which is likely), the Newark Mayor may not be in Hoboken before 10:30pm at the earliest, say a few words, get right back in his car and head home to Newark.

Don’t say you weren’t warned not to buy the hype about this fundraiser!

See the original preview, with facts & video about Booker’s previous support for Zimmer’s former political enemies, after the jump

9/28/2010:

Campos & Cammarano supporter coming for Lenz and Zimmer

In the “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” world of New Jersey politics, there’s no bigger player than Cory Booker.

The Mayor of Newark has a record of giving financial and public support to Dawn Zimmer’s political enemies. For example, the Booker Team for Newark contributed $2000 to help Chris Campos in his June 2007 council runoff against Zimmer. The Booker-aligned Empower Newark PAC funneled $10,000 into the effort to assist Campos in the November 2007 re-election campaign. Campos wasn’t the only Zimmer foe Booker had a soft spot for. He was the keynote speaker at former Mayor Peter Cammarano’s inauguration. Here’s a sample of his praise:

A month later Cammarano was gone. Booker didn’t return to Hoboken for another public appearance until shortly before the November election, when he spoke at a last-gasp effort to get out the vote for doomed Governor Jon Corzine. Booker offered no support to Zimmer, who was at the rally as acting Mayor running to finish the term.

The game remains as the players change

Now nearly a year after the last local appearance of Cory Booker, Corzine is just another rich guy at Maxwell Place, and Zimmer is the Mayor hoping to hold on to her absolute control of Hoboken’s government.

In order to maintain unchecked power, Zimmer needs Michael Lenz to win the 4th ward seat in the November Special Election against challenger Tim Occhipinti.

So what is a Mayor to do?

Head back to Teak (16 Hudson Place) with another fundraiser, and use Councilman-at-Large Ravi Bhalla’s money-making connections to Booker to get him to make a brief appearance.

Bhalla was called out by the Citizens Campaign, Star Ledger and Hoboken411 for his Pay-to-Play law-skirting donations to Booker’s Political Action Committee. Bhalla contributed $2500 to the Empower Newark PAC before he received $120,000 in legal contracts from Newark.

Booker not expected to stay long

The fundraiser is being billed as :An evening with Mayor Zimmer, featuring Newark Mayor Cory Booker.”

For 100 bucks you can show up at 7pm and wait around for Booker to arrive, say a few words, and leave. For $250 you can get in at 6pm and wait an extra hour for Booker to appear. The longer you stay the more likely you will be hit up for even more money to fund un-elected councilman Michael Lenz’s 4th ward campaign. Zimmer isn’t being up-front about where the proceeds of her ticket sales will go, but political observers expect a big chunk of it to end up in Lenz’s campaign coffers.

Booker fly-by was almost in jeopardy

Last week Zimmer knew if she went through with plans to lay-off and demote Police officers that she would likely have a protest on her hands at the Teak fundraiser.

That threat apparently hit home, and was a big reason why Zimmer postponed the layoffs and demotions 60 days as she waits to see who actually puts in their retirement papers. Mayor Booker was not likely to come to Hoboken and cross a union picket line.

With the baggage-heavy Lenz facing a challenge from Occhipinti, Zimmer couldn’t afford to see Booker “book” from her event.

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21 Comments on "Booker due back in Hoboken: Update!"

whineanddineinhob
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whineanddineinhob

Any update on whether creepy lenz or halloween zimmer thought this fundraiser was a success or not? Didn’t notice the creep boasting about the event anywhere.

homeworld
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Remember a few years ago when Obama made a speech on Hudson Place? I wonder when he’s coming back.

nacholibre
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nacholibre

Not one mention of Corner Cars(tm)?

shootyz23
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shootyz23

What exactly is the problem with Booker? I own a small business in Newark and am very familiar with him. What is the problem? God forbid he uses his celebrity…….and make no mistake about it, politicians are in fact celebrity to get $ from Zuckerberg……do any of you really know wht he is doing? Or are you just going to regurgitate documentaries, commentaries, articles?

Litteredboken
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Litteredboken

How about we read the facts, like the ones Hoboken411 posted? And NO, nobody knows what he is doing because he hasn’t announced plans for the money in Newark. And that is a problem politicians have– secrecy. [quote comment=”198033″]What exactly is the problem with Booker? I own a small business in Newark and am very familiar with him. What is the problem? God forbid he uses his celebrity…….and make no mistake about it, politicians are in fact celebrity to get $ from Zuckerberg……do any of you really know wht he is doing? Or are you just going to regurgitate documentaries, commentaries, articles?[/quote]

shootyz23
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shootyz23

Litterdboken:

When I asked “do any of you really know what he is doing?” I was referring to what he is doing in Newark, not what he is doing with the Facebook money. Do you know what he has done/is doing for Newark? I know that he personally has been involved with my company supporting a victims of violent crime fund. I applaud him for this.

I am certain, much like any mayor would encounter, there will be indictments of what is being done with the money. However, unlike many other, most other mayors…….he got the money and that is a credit to him…….call it secrecy if you want but Im sure in your fact finding you will uncover all the facts of his less than honorable intentions……

And BTW, Hoboken411 is not exactly bipartisan in it’s interpretation of facts…….not a judgement, just an observation. [quote comment=”198036″]How about we read the facts, like the ones Hoboken411 posted? And NO, nobody knows what he is doing because he hasn’t announced plans for the money in Newark. And that is a problem politicians have– secrecy. [/quote]

xyzpdq
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xyzpdq

LOL at Cory Double Booker! If it rains hard tonight it could take him almost two hours to get here from Matawan. If it floods downtown Booker’s limo might not be able to get into Hoboken at all. What are the odds it gets so late he just go straight home to Newark?

@shootyz23, I don’t think anyone is bashing Mayor Booker for what he is trying to do in Newark. He deserves to be tweaked for his political meddling in our city. He funded Campos’ campaign and now he is coming to town for Zimmer? Politics makes strange bedfellows.[quote comment=”198073″]Litterdboken:When I asked “do any of you really know what he is doing?” I was referring to what he is doing in Newark, not what he is doing with the Facebook money. Do you know what he has done/is doing for Newark? I know that he personally has been involved with my company supporting a victims of violent crime fund. I applaud him for this. I am certain, much like any mayor would encounter, there will be indictments of what is being done with the money. However, unlike many other, most other mayors…….he got the money and that is a credit to him…….call it secrecy if you want but Im sure in your fact finding you will uncover all the facts of his less than honorable intentions……And BTW, Hoboken411 is not exactly bipartisan in it’s interpretation of facts…….not a judgement, just an observation.

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wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

littered the marz pros council need the 4th ward simple u figure,,cory may have gov in his mind now..all a game and who dropped the soap[quote comment=”198036″]How about we read the facts, like the ones Hoboken411 posted? And NO, nobody knows what he is doing because he hasn’t announced plans for the money in Newark. And that is a problem politicians have– secrecy.

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Dperez
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Dperez

This jackass supported Cammarano? I guess he doesn’t like his job very much. Bye Bye Booker.

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

come deperez The A team is desperate for the 4th ward seat…wisen up ..they lose and the bnr have the edge they win and the cops go in december wisen up either way u go or who u like..this girl has no clue of running a city…shame on her and the people who think all is ok… 😯 [quote comment=”198030″]This jackass supported Cammarano? I guess he doesn’t like his job very much. Bye Bye Booker.[/quote]

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