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Response to JoeBlowToo (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 10:25 AM

7. His bank account?

You may be talking about campaign funds to run for office, but to suggest this is a man with a huge bank account and investments, who lives the high life is ridiculous.

In your caricature of Booker, you will need to explain how this money-grubbing man decided to take his degrees from Stanford University and Yale Law School, and his Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford, and ... instead of taking a corporate job or a position at a powerful law firm ... decided to work as a staff attorney for the Urban Justice Center in New York and as a program coordinator for the Newark Youth Project. Oh, and then that next money-grubbing financial ploy was to run for City Council in Newark, New Jersey, that hotbed of wealth and riches.

You'll need to explain where he was hiding his bank account when he lived for eight years, from 1998 to 2006, not in a mansion but in Brick Towers, "a troubled housing complex in Newark's Central Ward," where he organized tenants to fight for improved conditions. How he stayed there till the end, and finally left for the top unit in a three-story rental on Hawthorne Avenue in Newark's South Ward, an area described as "a drug-and gang-plagued neighborhood of boarded-up houses and empty lots."

This guy sure decided to cash in and live the high life, eating $50 steaks (oh, I forgot, he's a vegetarian) and hobnobbing with the financial moguls.

Sure he wants to attract business and industry to his blighted city, and sure he will take political contributions. But to ignore the way that Corey Booker has lived among and for the people is simply making a cartoon up in your own head.

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