Anti-Gay Flier in N.J. Senate Race Has “Cory Brooker” Typo

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New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is likely to coast to re-election next month. He’s way ahead in the polls against conservative businessman Jeff Bell.

But that hasn’t stopped the Public Advocate of the United States, a conservative Christian advocacy group that is against gay marriage, taxpayer-funded art, abortion, hate crime laws and the “mainstream media’s promotion and glorification of drug abuse, teenage sex, gangs, atheism, homosexuality and other immoral behavior and beliefs.” It’s a nonprofit 501(c)4 political organization.

And, yes, it misspelled Cory Booker’s name as “Cory Brooker” on a flier sent to New Jersey residents. (The one above was sent to a Mercer County resident.)

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Pennsylvania Politics 2014: The 4 Stories We’ll All Be Following

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2014 will be a huge year in Pennsylvania politics — and particularly Philly area politics — with contested house seats, jockeying for position in a mayoral race, the national media ‘s fascination with Chris Christie and the hottest governor’s race in the country.

Here’s more on the four major political storylines that will play out over the next year.

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Cory Booker’s Got at a Girrrrrrlfriend

Mr. Wait-I-Thought-He-Was-Gay serial bachelor Cory Booker’s got a girlfriend! The senator’s catch, according to–who else–Page Six, is a 36-year-old Yale Law grad and Los Angeles entertainment lawyer called Bianca Levin. Here is her old Twitter profile photo.

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Her current account, @ladybesq, appears to have been recently protected. Which seems to be a pretty solid indication that the report is at least somewhat true. Cory Booker may have put those persistent–and frankly, tiresome–question about his sexuality away for now. But for a celebrity politician like Booker, dating a “Hollywood entertainment lawyer”  isn’t a narrative that’s going to do him any favors either.

[New York Post]

Cory Booker Is Jersey’s New Senator

It got close-ish at the end there, but was there ever any doubt? Booker won 55%-44% in an election featuring one of the lowest-ever statewide turnouts in New Jersey, with under 25% of the voting population participating. (Hmm, wonder why?) Here’s Senator-elect Booker’s characteristically enthusiastic, hoarse-throated, victory speech. For what it’s worth, Booker began by praising his predecessor Frank Lautenberg, who wasn’t exactly fond of him.

Today is New Jersey’s Senate Election. Finally.

Finally, after months and weeks of talking, today is the special election in New Jersey to replace the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg. In this corner, we have Republican Steve Lonegan, and in this corner we have Democrat and social media superstar Cory Booker. And while the race appeared to tighten in recent weeks, it still appears to be Booker’s to lose.

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The Tale of Cory Booker and the Vegan Stripper

At a rate of 20 tweets a day–and golly, who knows how many direct messages!–it was only a matter of time before Cory Booker got himself into a Weineresque situation.* Yesterday, an exchange he had with a Portland, Oregon stripper (who works at a vegan strip club!**), was muckraked by BuzzFeed. The exchange read as follows, after a surreal (February) discussion of who would be Cory Booker’s first lady if he became president of the New Jersey Star Trek club.

Booker: And the East Coast loves you. And by the East Coast, I mean me.

Lynsie Lee: Now I’m blushing.

Booker: It’s only fair.

*Wait, this wasn’t Weineresque at all! There’s no scandal here, folks. In fact, as the Atlantic Wire points out, some pundits are speculating that Booker orchestrated and leaked the story himself, to quash rumors of his homosexuality.

**Also, she’s not actually vegan–her strip club is. But the headline sounded nice.

Lee, for her part, is enjoying her newfound fame.

What a country.

Cory Booker, Slumlord?

Between running his city and running for Senate, Newark Mayor Cory Booker has been a little preoccupied recently. Enough, apparently to forget that he owned a house on Court Street in Newark (and another on Longworth):

To neighbors who’ve complained about the overgrown backyard and the squatters who live inside, the property stands as a marked contrast to Booker’s public image as an urban crusader, a politician building a national reputation by confronting inner-city blight.

‘He bought it and promised to be a good neighbor, but that hasn’t occurred,’ Robert El, who owns the row house attached to Booker’s, told The Record of Woodland Park. ‘Shortly after he bought it, the squatters started moving in.’

To be fair, though, Booker no longer owns the house. To be even fairer still, he sold it less than three weeks after Frank Lautenberg announced his retirement from the Senate, opening the race in which Booker has been running so hard. He, of course, sold the property to Newark Now, Booker’s own nonprofit, as an “opportunity to give back to Newark.”

But with the Senate race now reaching it’s critical period, Booker’s Court Street house is being touted as “inconsistent with his image,” that image being an inner-city crusader. The $346,000 he spent buying homes in Newark only to leave them vacant while renting an apartment elsewhere say otherwise.

Meanwhile, though, in the Steve Lonegan camp:

Booker’s opponent, Steve Lonegan, the Republican candidate, also owns several properties, including two residential buildings. Both of those buildings – one in Bogota and one in Teaneck – are rented out, according to Lonegan’s tax returns. He earned more than $500,000 in rent last year, although he spent about as much on the buildings. All together, he lost money on them two of the past three years.

Let the battle begin. [Philly.com]

Conservative Magazine Sues Cory Booker Over Murder Anecdote

National Review, the conservative magazine founded by lockjaw patrician William F. Buckley, is suing Newark Mayor (and Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate) Cory Booker. At issue: Public records involving the murder of Wazn Miller, who was shot to death in Newark in 2004; Booker has claimed he held Miller as the man whispered “stay with me, stay with me.”

NR editor Rich Lowry wants to examine the official records to see if they bear out Booker’s claims.

It should be easy to get more information about the Miller case. New Jersey is an open-records state. Yet for weeks now, we have been stonewalled and given the run-around by everyone we’ve asked for help in obtaining the relevant police records. We’ve asked nicely, we’ve asked firmly, we’ve asked in every way imaginable, but gotten nowhere. It is much easier to learn about the most sensitive aspects of top-secret national-security programs than it is to get Newark police records related to that day.

Enough is enough. Yesterday we filed suit against the Newark Police Department, the City of Newark, and Mayor Booker to obtain the records in keeping with New Jersey law. This suit shouldn’t be necessary, but the official obstruction in Newark has made it so. In such an instance, everyone should favor openness.

Booker probably brought this on himself by creating a composite character, “T-Bone,” to illustrate his anecdotes about life on the rough streets of Newark. The result? Journalists are going to work harder to verify his other stories.

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