Dirty Politics? National Review Sues Cory Booker For Info On One Of His Campaign Stories
Politics is never easy. Cory Booker is finding this to be more of the case in his bid for a Senate seat representing New Jersey. Every move he makes, everything he says is under extra scrutiny. And now Rich Lowry, the editor of National Review, has announced that the publication is suing the Newark Mayor as well as the Newark Police Department and the City of Newark to verify one of Booker’s campaign stories, reports Business Insider. But some say there may be another motive behind the lawsuit.
The publication wants the court to grant it access to obtain public records pertaining to one of the stories Booker often tells on the campaign trail. The story is about the 2004 murder of Wazn Miller, who was killed in a case that has yet to be solved. In his retelling of the incident, Booker says he cradled Miller as she died in his arms.
Lowry said that for weeks the National Review was being stonewalled by “everyone involved” in its efforts to obtain the records, despite the fact that New Jersey is an open-records state.
But Booker says he has no problem complying with the request. His spokesman James Allen issued a statement to Business Insider saying that National Review will receive the requested records by Sept. 13. In a statement, the Mayor’s reps say there were no electronic records for the time period in question, so it would take a little extra time to get the publication the information they asked for.
Also backing up Booker’s side of the events, Anthony Ambrose, Essex County Chief of Detectives and former Newark Police Director, also released a statement that read:
“I was Director of the Newark Police at the time of the Miller case in April 2004 and I responded to the scene where Wazn Miller was shot. When I arrived, I found first responders as well as Cory Booker. I remember that Cory was wearing jogging pants and a sweatshirt, and that he had blood all over his hand and on his arm. The people at the scene said he rendered aid to the victim, and I recall him staying by the victim’s side until he was transported to the hospital. Unfortunately, the individual did not survive.”
Some believe National Review trying to dig up dirt on Booker. Just weeks ago, one of its reporters, Eliana Johnson, published a lengthy account that alleged a key character in one of Cory Booker’s frequent campaign-trail stories — a drug dealer named T-Bone who once threatened Booker’s life but then became his friend — is imaginary, reports Business Insider.
“This is a national, partisan, right-wing publication that’s trying to make a fake controversy from 2008 into a fake controversy from today. That’s essentially what it is,” Booker campaign spokesman Kevin Griffis told Business Insider.”It’s just not — it’s old news.”