Cory Booker Blames Racism, Not His Own Corrupt Agency, for Lead Water
There's lead in Newark's water. The city run into the ground by Senator Cory Booker, who is running for the 2020 Democrat nomination.
Senator Booker, former Newark mayor and current presidential candidate, called for federal action in a tweet on Wednesday morning.
"Newark's water emergency demands our federal government's immediate attention. Everyone deserves clean, safe water - it's shameful that our national crisis of lead-contaminated water disproportionately hits poor black and brown communities like my own," he wrote.
The EPA, which is part of the federal government, had been repeatedly warning that Newark's water was bad, while its black Democrat authorities handed out useless filters and pretended the problem didn't exist.
This isn't a national crisis. It's a Newark crisis.
It didn't "passive voice" hit Newark.
Maybe Cory can recognize some of these disproportionate names?
Until 2013, the job of keeping water safe belonged to a quasi-public agency called the Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corporation. It fell under the purview of the mayor, who appointed board members and who sat as chair.
In 2014, the New Jersey state comptroller published an investigation into the agency's stewardship of the city's infrastructure that was highly critical of Booker's administration. The investigative report "found that from 2008 through 2011, the [watershed] recklessly and improperly spent millions of dollars of public funds with little to no oversight by either its Board of Trustees or the City" – both of which, at the time, were led by Booker.
The state comptroller's report referred several cases to law enforcement. Federal prosecutors brought charges against eight people involved in the watershed scheme. Six of them pleaded guilty and five of them received lengthy prison sentences.
One of them, Linda Watkins Brashear, the watershed's executive director from 2007 to 2013, was sentenced in 2017 to more than eight years in prison for accepting nearly $1 million in kickback payments for awarding no-show contracts.
All told, federal prosecutors uncovered how members of the watershed board and employees at the agency brazenly siphoned millions of dollars from the company over the course of several years.
While Booker was never personally implicated in the scheme, the state comptroller report cited several missteps on Booker's part that led to conditions ripe for scandal.
As the ex officio chairman of the board, Booker never attended a meeting, according to the state comptroller's office. And while Booker's predecessors commonly named proxies to attend board meetings on their behalf, the state comptroller found that Booker failed to designate a replacement.
In a separate civil suit filed by trustees of the watershed in 2015, plaintiffs named Booker as one of more than two dozen parties responsible for the scandal. But U.S. Judge Vincent Papalia dismissed Booker from the suit in June of 2016, citing a statute that protected him from prosecution because he served on the board only in his capacity as a public servant.
I'm shocked that this national crisis of Cory Booker being an incompetent clown uninterested in anything that wouldn't get him on TV hit Newark.
It's sad that the disproportionate crisis of Cory Booker running cities keeps affecting low-income black communities like the one he claims to live in.
In a speech in New York City on Monday, Booker initially sought to address the water crisis in Newark but he did so obliquely, lamenting it as an example of "environmental injustice" without mentioning the city's name.
Environmental justice would compel Booker to hand out water bottles in Newark until there isn't a trace of lead left in the water.