Video: Does Cory Booker actually live in Newark?

posted at 3:21 pm on October 14, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

No one’s really sure at the moment, because as the Daily Caller notes, no one has seen him at his declared residences in quite a while.  That would put an uncomfortable twist on the Senate race in the Garden State, which Booker has dominated since choosing to contend for it.  If the mayor of Newark doesn’t live in Newark, exactly where does he reside — and is it in New Jersey at all? Newark residents would also like an answer to that question (via Instapundit):

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.”

Booker has had a couple of famous incidents of pitching in when hard times hit, which helped boost his national standing as a mayor of Newark and an up-and-comer in the Democratic Party.  Newark is just a ferry or train away from New York City, where the media and the money are.  However, his residential status in Newark has been unclear for some time.  In December 2011, the Star-Ledger reported that Booker was delinquent on taxes for his recently-purchased Longworth Avenue home — where a police officer greeted the Daily Caller’s Charles Johnson to tell him Booker wasn’t there, and the property isn’t listed on Booker’s ethics disclosure form, either.  In fact, no residence is listed on it.

It’s not just Johnson asking questions about Booker’s ethics, either.  From the Left, David Sirota at Salon blasts Booker for being as corrupt as the man he ousted from office — and the media for ignoring it:

What’s perhaps most significant, though, is how this sleepy special election so perfectly captures the now-pervasive assumptions made about the fundamental notion of corruption. More specifically, it exemplifies the horrifying assumptions the political class makes when deciding what to deem disqualifyingly corrupt and what to deem business as usual – and, thus, politically savvy.

Booker’s career is the best example of the assumptions at work. He first jumped onto the political stage by helping turn his campaign against then-Newark Mayor Sharpe James into a critically acclaimed documentary about the problem of municipal corruption. In “Street Fight,” Booker is depicted as the earnest clean-government insurgent and James as the uber-corrupt machine politician. Ultimately, as the Huffington Post reports, James was indicted and imprisoned on charges that he used his office to enrich himself and to “steer city-owned land to his one-time mistress.” For that kind of old school graft, he was held up as the icon of corruption by, among others, the New York Times, whose editorial board slammed him for “exhibit(ing) a finger-in-the-eye arrogance” and then lamented “a sad career arc for Mr. James, who was originally elected as a reformer.” …

By contrast, Booker has a different public image. With a suburban upbringing and Oxford pedigree, he has carefully crafted a political image that is pro-Wall Street, “new economy”-ish, proudly worshipful of wealth – and decidedly not “inner city.” Indeed, as one tech entrepreneur told the Times in explaining why Booker’s wealthy tech donors gave the Newark mayor a company, “It feels like he’s one of us.”

The same goes for Booker’s money: it isn’t the much-denigrated Inner City Graft, it is the much-vaunted Mahogany Paneled Conference Room Graft from rich dudes in bucolic places like Silicon Valley.

Such white-collar graft comes not in four-digit wads of cash, and doesn’t go to ward bosses like James. It instead tends to come in five, six or even seven digit checks and stock certificates to professional politicians who use anodyne terms like “public-private partnership.” Importantly, the money in the latter form of corruption doesn’t come from local parochial hundred-thousand-aires easily punished when things get a bit too embarrassing. It tends to come from mega millionaires and billionaires with the same pedigree and elite credentials as Booker – and those aristocrats rarely ever get punished, lambasted or humiliated with the “corruption” label because they own much of the media and most of the political system.

Be sure to read it all, and then keep an eye out for the response on residency.  It’s not a problem for a Congressman to live outside of his district as long as he resides in the state, at least not legally; politically, it’s a different matter.  It does make a difference if a Senatorial candidate actually resides in another state, and one would presume that it might make a difference to Newark voters if its mayor lives somewhere else in every sense but on paper.


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Will make zero difference.

Zero.

Zomcon JEM on October 14, 2013 at 3:27 PM

But Cory has always felt like he lived in Newark, so he cool, yo.

claudius on October 14, 2013 at 3:27 PM

This is devastating*. He’ll probably only win by 10 points.

*devastating – word oversused by pundits about stuff which isn’t actually devastating. See: Hannity’s overuse in regard to Reverend Wright tapes.

mankai on October 14, 2013 at 3:29 PM

One upon a time a reporter might have followed Booker home at night to see exactly were he does live. Now a major political figure lives who knows where and lies about it. The lies seem to be ubiquitous and people go ho hum. Many of them even prefer the lies.

Viator on October 14, 2013 at 3:30 PM

…b…b..but he shovels snow..…and pulls burning kittens from apartment fires…../

ted c on October 14, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Booker’s career is the best example of the assumptions at work. He first jumped onto the political stage by helping turn his campaign against then-Newark Mayor Sharpe James into a critically acclaimed documentary about the problem of municipal corruption. In “Street Fight,” Booker is depicted as the earnest clean-government insurgent and James as the uber-corrupt machine politician.

Hmph! a Democrat sans fawning media….. t r o u b l e ??

ted c on October 14, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Make him prove his residency. Late in the game, but I believe, by law, you have to reside where you file to run. Another great court issue bought to you by those corrupt Democrats.

karlinsync on October 14, 2013 at 3:35 PM

You notice Salon waits to publish anything negative until it’s too late to keep the guy from getting elected.

Missy on October 14, 2013 at 3:35 PM

So what’s the squirrel in this October surprise? Has Oboobi decided that he can’t trust Cory? Or has Chrissy made a deal that trumps Cory being anointed? Has to be something big with the prospect of defaulting to Lonegan in getting the senate. Just saying.

AH_C on October 14, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Booker has the magic (D)after his name, you know, for the
“(D)o whatever I want” party.

This will make -0 difference to the voters.

Gatsu on October 14, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Does Cory Booker actually live in Newark?

Raaaaaaccciiisttttt….

burrata on October 14, 2013 at 3:38 PM

It’s not like he has a Connecticut SS# or anything, racists.

rogerb on October 14, 2013 at 3:39 PM

One upon a time a reporter might have followed Booker home at night to see exactly were he does live.

Viator on October 14, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Yup.

“Follow me around, I don’t care, ” (Gary) Hart was quoted as saying. “I’m serious. If anybody wants to put a tail on me, go ahead. They’d be very, bored.”

http://www.unc.edu/~pmeyer/Hart/hartarticle.html

Fallon on October 14, 2013 at 3:39 PM

An offer of a $100 bill might produce his correct address.

meci on October 14, 2013 at 3:47 PM

didn’t booker step off the message a few months back and got taken to the woodshed???

ted c on October 14, 2013 at 3:47 PM

As pointed out earlier, it will make NO DIFFERENCE. Demo-craps voted for Elizabeth Warren for crying out loud regardless of her lies and deceptions. They don’t care about a candidates integrity.

Besides, Booker will be too busy telling the voters why they shouldn’t vote for his opponent, not about what he stands for or believes in.

Avatar72 on October 14, 2013 at 3:49 PM

“Security guard(s)” aka “roommate(s)” aka “male intimately familiar with” aka “wink wink nudge nudge”

Jeddite on October 14, 2013 at 3:49 PM

I guess he will only win by 23 points now.

JR on October 14, 2013 at 3:50 PM

“Security guard(s)” aka “roommate(s)” aka “male intimately familiar with” aka “wink wink nudge nudge”

Jeddite on October 14, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Bodymen?

cptacek on October 14, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Gotta defend our friend
-dems/ lsm

cmsinaz on October 14, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Doesn’t he know that you can’t move away from your state until AFTER you are elected to the Senate? Then, you just have to visit once every 6 years to campaign for the next election.

cptacek on October 14, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Hard to believe, papers covering for someone like Booker…what has this country gone to, well thankfully they would never do that for any other liberal.

right2bright on October 14, 2013 at 3:55 PM

no judge would allow a Democrat to lose on account of residency, not gonna happen

bribes, threats, whatever it takes

commodore on October 14, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Like it matters? Dem voters don’t care about anything but a D after his name.

John Deaux on October 14, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Birthers

Residencers

pain train on October 14, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Any enterprising reporters out there talk to
T-Bone…..

ToddPA on October 14, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Newark is the Detroit of New Jersey.

I can’t blame him, really. Who wants to get shot for wearing the wrong colored hat or something..?

patman77 on October 14, 2013 at 4:00 PM

He has a residence in Newark, but can be found mostly at NJ
Turnpike Plaza restrooms…

ToddPA on October 14, 2013 at 4:00 PM

I wouldn’t live in Newark if I didn’t have to either. In fact, I wouldn’t live in NJ at all. Worst state in the US. Dude probably phones it in from the Bahamas. Probably sipping Pina Coladas with Charlie Rangel down there as we speak.

WhatSlushfund on October 14, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Senator Menendez is lining up some Dominican Hookers
for the Victory celebration….

ToddPA on October 14, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Security guard(s)” aka “roommate(s)” aka “male intimately familiar with” aka “wink wink nudge nudge”

Jeddite on October 14, 2013 at 3:49 PM

That would be a resume enhancement. Might even triple his margin of victory (you know, after The Fat Bastard formerly known as Chris Christie endorses him).

nobar on October 14, 2013 at 4:03 PM

One upon a time a reporter might have followed Booker home at night to see exactly were he does live. Now a major political figure lives who knows where and lies about it. The lies seem to be ubiquitous and people go ho hum. Many of them even prefer the lies.

Viator on October 14, 2013 at 3:30 PM

The reporter will still follow him home,to ask for a job.

rob verdi on October 14, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Did Christie endorse him, yet?

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2013 at 4:06 PM

I threw a couple of donations at Lonegan without expecting much in the way of a return considering his uphill battle, and it STILL felt loads better than donating to the RNC or the SRCC.

He’s within 10 points of Booker in the latest poll. I’d like to think this residency issue could submarine Booker’s campaign, but as some other posters pointed out, he has that magic, get-out-of-jail-free ‘D’ next to his name.

CaptFlood on October 14, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Booker’s career is the best example of the assumptions at work.

Actually, that would be Senator Barrack Obama, 2008.

portlandon on October 14, 2013 at 4:06 PM

He’s the next Obama — Messiah 2.0. He ascends to Mt Olympus every night and returns by day to save the world.

CJ on October 14, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Frank Lautenberg didn’t live in NJ either.

JR on October 14, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Immoral party, Immoral voters, Immoral candidate. Morals are only for the rubes on the right doncha know?

neyney on October 14, 2013 at 4:16 PM

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Wikipedia entry for a politician question whether said politician was “gay”. Usually, the staff is all over it to make sure that kind of stuff is removed.

J_Crater on October 14, 2013 at 4:24 PM

A response.

Buy Danish on October 14, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Is he a Democrat? Won’t hurt him.

Mason on October 14, 2013 at 4:30 PM

No big deal. Franken left this state when he was 2 years old and never once so much as drove through the state after that.

Then of course he needs himself a senate seat and sees the opportunity, suddenly he’s a guy who loves himself some lefse and tater tot hotdish, and really enjoys taking the “booat” out to lunk for Walleyes.

Bishop on October 14, 2013 at 4:37 PM

I’ve lived in Newark longer than Cory has.

steebo77 on October 14, 2013 at 4:39 PM

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Wikipedia entry for a politician question whether said politician was “gay”. Usually, the staff is all over it to make sure that kind of stuff is removed.

J_Crater on October 14, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Questioning sexual orientation of politicians is wrong. But don’t think for a minute that Anthony Wiener is able to send pix of his “weiner” to high school girls just because his wife works long hours. And don’t think for a minute that said spouse is loyal to Hillary for ideolgical reasons.

It’s Jim McGreevey over again. Gay lovers on payrolls of “straight” politicians. Which is part of the reason why I think that Hillary is only collecting funds now and not really intending to run for the Presidency.

Happy Nomad on October 14, 2013 at 4:47 PM

No big deal. Franken left this state when he was 2 years old and never once so much as drove through the state after that.

Then of course he needs himself a senate seat and sees the opportunity, suddenly he’s a guy who loves himself some lefse and tater tot hotdish, and really enjoys taking the “booat” out to lunk for Walleyes.

Bishop on October 14, 2013 at 4:37 PM

How does this differ from Hillary Clinton? Raised in Chicago. Married to a grifter from AK where she even served on the Board of WalMart. And yet, somehow got elected to the Senate from New York? Granted a whole lot of bribes were involved in that.

As to Booker, meh. If he was a resident of NJ who cares where he lived? Dick Lugar didn’t even have a house in Indiana for much of the three decades he was an Indiana Senator.

Happy Nomad on October 14, 2013 at 4:53 PM

It doesn’t matter

Booker will big and HE will be on the 2016 ticket. I’m still not certain where..won’t be surprised if Hillary is thrown under the bus and Booker gets top spot

Same team around him that was around Obama in 04-06. Harry Reid met with Booker 3 weeks ago…exactly as he did Obama in 06.

The ‘fix’ is in

Redford on October 14, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Per prior knowlege of the commie Democrat Party and its LBJ legacy of voter fraud, he will get elected via the votes of illegals, people not registered to vote, dead people voteing in alph. order and vote boxes floted in from the mafia controled vote precicents.

Crime begets crime. Incest breeds mangled gene codes.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 14, 2013 at 5:04 PM

The late and unlamented Sen. Lautenberg actually lived in a co-op on Park Ave. in New York, so Booker is just continuing a local tradition.

Travis Bickle on October 14, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Wow…this is brutal. I had read all these words, but seeing the conviction on these people’s faces is remarkable. They hate Booker.

“Because he’s a liar…” So casual, so matter-of-fact.

Jaibones on October 14, 2013 at 5:36 PM

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Don’t forget that liar Rosenthal in Connecticut. His flagrant lies didn’t cost him any election, either. Leftism trumps all in the upside down world of liberals.

Right Mover on October 14, 2013 at 6:06 PM

The only thing that might keep Corey Booker out of the Senate if he in fact does live elsewhere is that nasty old Constitution. Specifically Article I, Section 3, Clause 3:

No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen.

Think about that. How old is that Constitution? “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

And who wrote that Constitution? White Males. So how does it apply to a Black Male after all this time? Especially a Black Male Democrat.

We have seen how it does not apply to the current president, for the exact same reasons. And if any picky “Constitutionalists” try to raise the issue, we can be sure that Governor Chris Christie [Barely RINO] will make sure that any protests are quashed. After all, in New Jersey the Attorney General is appointed by the governor and not independently elected. He will do as he is told or else.

Booker will win by at least 30 points.

Subotai Bahadur

Subotai Bahadur on October 14, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Maybe Booker lives in Newark, Delaware, and Joyzy voters never noticed the difference.

But it IS interesting that lefties like Salon are turning against Booker. Maybe they’re hoping Lonegan can pull off an upset in a low-turnout special election, so that Democrats can run someone less corrupt against Lonegan in November 2014.

Steve Z on October 14, 2013 at 6:34 PM

It does make a difference if a Senatorial candidate actually resides in another state

Just ask Richard Lugar…

I wish the videographer had asked those folks who they were voting for.

Kafir on October 14, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Sure, he lives in Newark. With all his imaginary friends.

Syzygy on October 14, 2013 at 7:06 PM

MeanWhile, Hopey weighs in:

New Jersey special election to fill Sen. Lautenberg seat

President Obama urges New Jersey voters to vote for Democratic US Senate candidate Cory Booker in 1-minute video – @rubycramer

9 hours ago from t.co by editor
===================================

http://www.breakingnews.com/item/ahZzfmJyZWFraW5nbmV3cy13d3ctaHJkcg0LEgRTZWVkGPq88BUM/2013/10/14/president-obama-urges-new-jersey-voters-to-vote-fo

canopfor on October 14, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Like Barry…. He’s a CITIZEN OF DA WORLD….

tell me again how VOTER FRAUD don’t exist… oh yeah… laws only apply to the peons.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on October 14, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Frank Lautenberg didn’t live in NJ either.

JR on October 14, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Who in their right mind would?

bw222 on October 14, 2013 at 9:08 PM