New Jersey’s top Democrats are cowards. New Jersey’s top Republicans are cowards. That is why Cory Booker, who did nothing for Newark but divide it, preside over unprecedented bloodshed in its streets, and form a diabolical alliance with Chris Christie to suppress its people, will walk to his re-election in November. I mourn for democracy in New Jersey.
Booker does not deserve to be a United States senator and I am ashamed of those progressive Democrats who might have posed a challenge to his re-election in Tuesday’s primary but chickened out. They ran scared.
Just as the Republican ran scared. Gov. Chris Christie made Booker a senator last year by manipulating the election dates—and wasting $24 million in the process. Booker and Christie conspired to bring privatization to the Newark schools—a stealth conspiracy that benefited, certainly not the children of the city, but the billionaires who support the clown in the Statehouse and the fraud in the Senate seat.
The main-stream press, which simply anoints Booker as a “popular” Democrat without a moment’s analysis of how and why he became senator—or even mayor—already has decided how the race will go. So much so for a press that takes the people’s side against oppression—no, they would rather simply declare Booker “popular” and leave it at that.
Oh, really? And how many votes did Booker get out of Newark in the senate race last year? And what did Ras Baraka’s election say about the popularity of this unknown from nowhere who was declared a “rock-star” by Oprah Winfrey who, of course, has nothing but the interests of Newark residents at heart.
A strong Republican could have wiped out Booker, a weak candidate who might even have lost Newark. Junior Thomas Kean probably could have won–and I could think of others, as well. Jennifer Beck. Chris Smith. Even Joe Kyrillos. But Christie wanted Booker to be senator and so he politically castrated the Republican Party who had its best shot at electing a Republic senator since Clifford Case.
At least the main-stream press did report the opinion of a political commentator who said this about the cowardly failure of the Republican Party to nominate someone who could probably have beaten Booker:
“It’s because we don’t have an organized Republican Party in New Jersey. We have a Chris Christie Party, but we don’t have a Republican Party. So there has been no real effort to create a presence.”
That’s true—as far as it goes. But what both the press and the commentator fail to mention is this: Christie and Booker are members of the same party. They have been helping each other ever since Christie became governor. Look at the way they conspired to evade the charter school law, as outlined by Dale Russakoff in her piece in The New Yorker.
Christie might be a laughable, bloviating white man from Livingston and Booker might be an articulate African-American from—well, we’re really not sure where he is from—but the two are working together for the same masters, the hedge-fund managers and other billionaires who want to privatize education.
Please, have we forgotten how Booker declared himself “nauseated” because President Barack Obama dared to criticize Mitt Romney and Bain Capital? Some have called Booker the Manchurian candidate after the Cold War novel that depicts how Chinese Communists secretly controlled a former POW who would become president of the United States. The analogy isn’t apt because Booker is openly the Wall Street candidate–jusat look at the donors who backed his candidacy–and how he got the same people to donate to the Shavar Jeffries campaign in an effort to destroy the Baraka insurgency.
Christie and Booker are members of the same oligarchic party that seeks the suppression of genuine, bottom-up reform of the state’s institutions—because such reform would endanger the livelihoods of those who spent millions to ensure the election of people like them.
I am a registered Democrat living in Elizabeth. The regular Democratic party is under attack from Republicans who call themselves Democrats and control the school board. These Republicans have endorsed and campaigned for Christie and Christie has rewarded them by ensuring they get plum jobs like running motor vehicle agencies. He also has ensured Elizabeth would receive school construction funds–when Newark didn’t–and would not be troubled by charter schools. It’s good to be friends with the emperor, naked or not.
I have to laugh when The Star-Ledger gets all excited about exposing some of the faux school board Democrats who get into trouble with the law for getting undeserved free lunches for their kids—while, at the same time, they fail even to mention the $24,000 a month Cami Anderson spends on lunch in the Newark schools. Anderson, we should remember, was Booker’s candidate for schools superintendent—and still is.
So I was prepared to vote for the regular Democrats until I received a piece of campaign literature with a picture of Booker putting his arm around my local city council candidate. I felt my gorge rise.
Sorry, no way. I can’t vote for anyone close to Cory Booker. Or, of course, Booker himself. The pain he has brought to Newark is almost unspeakable. The man is famous simply for being famous—and charming the press and dear Ms. Winfrey, the gazzilionaire.
I was going to write in Rush Holt and still might—despite my disappointment he didn’t challenge Booker. But maybe I’ll just write in Ras Baraka’s name. Whatever you think of Baraka, he is the anti-Booker and that’s good enough for me.