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Cory Booker's Message to de Blasio

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Cory Booker campaigns for United States Senate. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images/Getty)

The New Jersey Senator offers good wishes to the new, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. In a surprise call to WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show, Booker said he shares de Blasio's mission to address inequality in society.

"I hope that he is a phenomenal success beyond peoples' imagination. His mayoralty is so important to New Jersey, frankly because we're such an integrated metropolitan area," Booker said.

Booker also praised New York City's outgoing mayor, Michael Bloomberg. The former mayor of Newark, New Jersey said Bloomberg inspired new mayors around the country.

"Mike almost set up something like a virtual mayor's 101 to talk about everything from the nuances of management to larger, bigger issues," Booker said.

Senator Booker also praised Bloomberg for his gun control and climate change initiatives. He said he shares Mayor Bill de Blasio's mission to address inequality in society, and that it's important for the broader metropolitan area, including New Jersey.

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Paul from Minneapolis, MN

What makes me cynical about the Democratic Party's sermons against income inequality is that the party faithful has no political will to tackle the issue up front. Let's face it: as much I admire Mr. de Blasio's populist message in New York City politics, his own party doesn't want to face the truth in which they actually contribute much of the growing income gap by passing laws and new taxes aimed against the middle and working classes, while the ruling elite in DC are getting richer off the taxpayer's dime. I wonder Mr de Blasio feels if his friend across the Hudson River, Senator Cory Booker, doesn't want any political discussions on raising taxes against the wealthy whether in congress or in New York City circles, given the circumstances that Mr. Booker's senate campaign last year has deep pockets from Wall Street, Banking investors, Big Pharma, Hollywood, and Silicon Valley from California. Booker is seen as a transplant carpetbagger from New Jersey, who never really had a clue on how the working classes are struggling to survive.

If Mr. de Blaiso was smart, he should distance himself away from Washington elites such as Booker or Clinton, and just proclaim himself as a "true Democrat" from the core principles of FDR and Teddy Roosevelt.

Jan. 02 2014 12:50 PM
sleepless in suburbia from Westchester

The cynical me says that Booker wants Bloomberg's backing when he runs for President and Bill Clinton wants it for Hillary, and that's why each complimented the former mayor. Still, I thought Booker's acknowledgement of what Bloomberg did for him and other mayors and Clinton's nod in Bloomberg's direction at the inauguration was decent. Despite my own criticisms of Bloomberg, I thought the lack of appropriate recognition that de Blasio gave to his predecessor, who, by so many benchmarks, made positive changes in the city, was disgraceful. Let's see how much de Blasio can accomplish during his term. Whatever one's criticisms of Bloomberg, he did work tirelessly for the city. And yes, I know that his money is what bought him the elections in the first place (and I don't like this one bit) and that his doing away with the two-term limit was height of hubris and that there were other policies that he implemented that I did not support.

Jan. 02 2014 12:06 PM

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