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Newark’s Water Crisis: Former Mayor Cory Booker ‘Left a Mess,’ Say Critics

The 2020 Democratic candidate wants the federal government to take care of the problem — but what happened to proper oversight of the city’s water commission while he was still there?

So the “water crisis” that Newark, New Jersey, is experiencing right now existed while Cory Booker was mayor and water commission chairman?

As mayor of Newark, Booker — now a senator from New Jersey, of course, and a 2020 Democratic primary candidate — was also chairman of the Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corporation, which went bankrupt at the end of his seven-year tenure.

His personally appointed executive director was sentenced to eight years in prison for taking a $1 million bribe, and as chairman, Booker never attended a single board meeting.Yet Newark’s water was never fixed.

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In this case, he not only was “responsible” based on his title of mayor, but directly responsible — and he failed in his duty.

It’s outrageous he would then speak out on how bad the situation is.

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Now, Booker wants what he calls the federal government to take care of it. He means the taxpayers from all states should clean up his mess.

Yet tax dollars already went there to help fix things, if one does the research. Booker left a mess, they say, so Booker should have to go back there and clean up his mess on his dime and his own time.

Is anyone else sick of crooked politicians, as I am?

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This is part of the Democrats’ playbook, in my view.

They expect federal taxpayers to step in and fix the messes they’ve left behind.

Democrats run most of these cities with horrible conditions; but no matter what party politicians belong to, they should step up and do something before it gets out of control.

When you have the title, the microphone, and the government paycheck, the American people — not unlawful residents — are your responsibility.

When an individual makes a financial mistake, it’s called bankruptcy; when the government makes those mistakes, it’s called the national debt. Or sometimes politicians have the nerve to call it just what it is: a tax hike.

The Environmental Protection Agency recently asked local officials to distribute free bottled water to Newark residents because the filters for their drinking water — which had been tested — were not removing lead from the water.

It is crazy to think a person is running for the highest office in the land, yet that person was apparently unable to take care of the water situation in his state.

As ABC News noted in a piece, “Officials handed out 38,000 filters last year to Newark residents who were potentially at risk of having contaminated drinking water due to outdated lead piping in the city’s water system. Critics claim Booker, a U.S. senator who served as Newark’s mayor from 2006 to 2013, failed to exercise proper oversight of the city’s water commission, making him partially responsible for the current water crisis.”

“Booker has no credibility, especially on water,” Brendan O’Flaherty, an economics professor at Columbia University who put together a 2011 report on the commission, told The Washington Times. “He did not leave a legacy of a well-functioning water treatment plant and engineering corps. He left a mess,” O’Flaherty said.

Given the chance, Booker might do the same thing to this country.

It should be clear by now that blaming inner-city blight on those who live there is part of the Left’s strategy. This is a nasty symptom of the disease called progressivism, in my opinion.

This is yet another example of a liberal Democrat who is unqualified to lead.

This piece by Wayne Dupree originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.

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