Newark Mayoral Candidate Cory Booker Responds to Federal Audit of the Newark Housing Authority

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Cory Booker, a Newark Mayoral Candidate, responds to a federal audit of the Newark Housing Authority which has highlighted serious shortcomings in the management of the agency. He states that the citizens of Newark deserve a straight answer.

The recent federal audit of the Newark Housing Authority (NHA) highlights serious shortcomings in those responsible for running the agency. At the very least, there is gross administrative failure and, at the most, there could be willful misappropriation of public funds. Cory Booker, Newark Mayoral Candidate, says “the citizens of Newark deserve a straight answer that cuts through the official political mumbo-jumbo we have been hearing since last fall when federal scrutiny of the NHA began.”

“When a federal probe indicates that more than $10 million dollars in taxpayers’ money has been diverted from its original purpose of aid to deserving tenants to questionable use, it’s time for those in charge to come clean. We deserve the truth. Without an honest assessment of what went wrong and who is responsible, there is no hope of fixing what is obviously a serious breakdown in leadership and service delivery. It is vital that the NHA be transparent, candid and cooperative.”

Booker says, “We are calling upon the Mayor and the NHA Commissioners not to stonewall but to make all the facts known. If Mayor Sharpe James’ statement that the charges in the audit couldn’t be “further from the truth,” is factual, he should immediately release a full accounting that completely refutes the federal audit. Verbal refutation alone is simply not sufficient. The citizens of Newark demand and deserve accountability,” says Booker.

About Cory A. Booker:

Cory A. Booker, 36, is a community activists and a partner in the Newark, NJ law firm of Booker, Rabinowitz, et al. He is also founding president of Newark Now, a grassroots nonprofit to help tenant associations in Newark. Cory Booker served as central ward councilman from 1998 to 2001, where he increased security in public housing while also developing additional playgrounds. In December 2005, Black Enterprise magazine named Booker one of the “Best and Brightest under 40.” He was previously recognized by TIME Magazine as the “Savior of Newark,” and in ESQUIRE as one of the country’s “40 Best and Brightest.” For more information visit http://www.corybooker.com.

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Sakina Cole

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Booker Team for Newark

973-733-2006 or 973-517-3492

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