Voters Reveal What Cory Booker Actually Accomplished in Newark
As the city's former mayor, they were in a unique position to speak on how the White House hopeful governed.
Despite Democrats dominating local politics for decades, many residents interviewed by Fletcher weren't impressed with Booker's tenure.
The Daily Wire's James Barrett reports:
In the video, posted on Monday, Fletcher talks with some residents, some of whom are involved in a much-needed clean-up effort in a particularly neglected part of Newark. Several of them have some rather direct comments for political leaders, including Booker, who has moved on from being the mayor of the city to being the U.S. senator who is supposed to be representing it on a federal level.
"They call this the end of the world down here," one minority resident tells Fletcher regarding an apartment complex that's become a ghost town filled with drug abuse and other criminal activity. Asked why Newark has declined, one young African American man who's helping out with the clean-up tells Fleccas that "honestly, a lot of it has to do with the representation." An older gentleman explains: "When they get into office, they don't do much. They talk a good talk, but they forget all about what they said they were going to do."
"We are the people who vote the mayors in, and we be telling them we need help to get the crime rate down," says one elderly African American woman. Asked if she's a fan of Sen. Booker, the woman says emphatically, "No, no! That's a definite no! Cory Booker's not for the people. Cory Booker is nothing — I wouldn't even vote for him to become president or anything else."
"To be honest with you," says the young man helping with the community effort, "if you go into any suburban neighborhood in this country, and you had even a fourth of what you see here, there would be an uproar and people would be fired from their positions immediately, and they'd make sure the city got fixed."
Statistically, Newark ranks near the top of large American cities for murder, rape, and other violent crimes in the United States.
In the Springfield-Belmont neighborhood, the crime rate spikes to 70 percent above the national average.