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#1 Rock

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 06:46 AM

http://blog.nj.com/n...vils_owner.html

By Cory Booker

I’ve never publicly criticized someone as I did Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek last week. To some, this seemed out of character, especially because I’m one of those who believe the over-the-top way we talk to each other in our democracy often undermines our ability to solve complicated problems and advance toward common aspirations. Thus, I feel I owe it to our community to further explain why I believe my comments were warranted.

My anger isn’t simply about the arbitrators’ decision. The courts will eventually decide the revenue dispute and hopefully rectify what was never anyone’s intention: that the city should be paying more to Vanderbeek than Vanderbeek is sharing in direct revenue with the city. Instead, my outrage with him is centered on the public commitments he made to our city.
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 06:49 AM

My god, he's still complaining? He really sounds like a five-year old that didn't get his toy. I guess the fact the Devils are having money problems is irrelevant if he doesn't get his pork projects :P

And this just keeps getting better and better, now they're reducing the police presence outside of the Rock.

http://www.nj.com/ne...rce=twitterfeed

Booker just as quickly added a dig at the Devils, doing nothing to change the perception that the decision to pull the police was anything other than payback. "It would be nice to have more revenue from the arena so we could have hired more cops," the mayor said. "We believe that the Devils should be stepping up like other arenas in the region to provide security for their fans."


Edited by NJDevs4978, 10 April 2012 - 07:10 AM.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:29 AM

I am SO tired of hearing that mayor whine. What exactly has HE done to make Newark safer/better/more welcoming? almost jack. He spends more time blaming everyone else for Newark's problems instead of fixing them himself. A single building's worth of revenue or a single sports team should not be the deciding factor on whether a city can prosper or not. He is trying to put all his eggs in one basket and thought the arena and the Devils were going to be a cash cow for the city.

Edit: so considering, everyone thinks what was said before was"racist" although I can't see what about it isn't something a lot of people experience when in Newark, in the sake of keeping civil here and not joining the ranks of the "hated ones" on here I'll retract that statement. It's not worth getting into racial conversations on here over this issue. There was no racial intent, but it is really hard to argue a point these days when race is a major part of it and that is considered taboo. I wasn't meaning to imply everyone in the area is in that way, but in the spirit of keeping that to a minimum on here, I respectfully retract my statements.

Edited by Legion15, 10 April 2012 - 10:24 AM.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:41 AM

I wish he'd stop with the whining. He's embarrassing himself as well as the city. That said, if the Devils want a SWAT team that isn't really needed on most nights, they should pay for it like other sports teams/arenas.

Edited by Marv4Life, 10 April 2012 - 07:47 AM.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:49 AM

http://blog.nj.com/njv_guest_blog/2012/04/mayor_cory_booker_devils_owner.html

By Cory Booker

I’ve never publicly criticized someone as I did Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek last week. To some, this seemed out of character, especially because I’m one of those who believe the over-the-top way we talk to each other in our democracy often undermines our ability to solve complicated problems and advance toward common aspirations. Thus, I feel I owe it to our community to further explain why I believe my comments were warranted.

My anger isn’t simply about the arbitrators’ decision. The courts will eventually decide the revenue dispute and hopefully rectify what was never anyone’s intention: that the city should be paying more to Vanderbeek than Vanderbeek is sharing in direct revenue with the city. Instead, my outrage with him is centered on the public commitments he made to our city.


Not gonna lie, I read "By Cry Baby" not "By Cory Booker".
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:58 AM

Just out of curiosity, who paid for Championship Plaza?
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:03 AM

http://blog.nj.com/njv_guest_blog/2012/04/mayor_cory_booker_devils_owner.html

By Cory Booker

I’ve never publicly criticized someone as I did Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek last week. To some, this seemed out of character, especially because I’m one of those who believe the over-the-top way we talk to each other in our democracy often undermines our ability to solve complicated problems and advance toward common aspirations. Thus, I feel I owe it to our community to further explain why I believe my comments were warranted.

My anger isn’t simply about the arbitrators’ decision. The courts will eventually decide the revenue dispute and hopefully rectify what was never anyone’s intention: that the city should be paying more to Vanderbeek than Vanderbeek is sharing in direct revenue with the city. Instead, my outrage with him is centered on the public commitments he made to our city.

What is he talking about with "the courts will eventually decide the revenue dispute"? The arbitrators ruled. You lost. Get over it.
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:04 AM

Corey is just digging himself a deeper and deeper grave. He is certainly looking like the big loser in this one and his anger is misdirected. It should be at the Housing Authority and/or the previous mayor's administration.

Honestly I do not think the reduced police presence will affect much, if anything at all. I had no trouble crossing streets before and after Saturday's game and I doubt it will be difficult for the playoffs given the sheer mass of fans usually find their way.

Plus a lot of the officers were a waste there anyways. Most were either standing around or guarding the barricades that blocked Mulberry in front of the Arena, where each officer had a list of people who they would allow to park there for free. I would love to see if he just got rid of the officers guarding pedestrian traffic and left the officers to guard the free street parking in front of the arena for his cronies. What a joke of a mayor.

What is he talking about with "the courts will eventually decide the revenue dispute"? The arbitrators ruled. You lost. Get over it.



I think there might be a way he could appeal. If I remember right, it was the courts that ordered them to go to an arbitrator.

Just out of curiosity, who paid for Championship Plaza?



I am pretty sure the Devils did.
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:27 AM

I've told my family that if the reduced police presence should result in me getting shot, I want them to sue the city and give the money to the Devils to sign Parise.
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:29 AM

I am SO tired of hearing that mayor whine. What exactly has HE done to make Newark safer/better/more welcoming? almost jack.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cory_Booker#Mayoral_administration

So.. a lot?

I'm a big fan of Booker, but this childish yelping about the Devils is a little tiresome. Maybe he got shnookered, maybe he didn't but he should move on already it's not good for the city or the team.
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:32 AM

Just out of curiosity, who paid for Championship Plaza?


According to this, "NDCRC (Newark Downtown Core Redevelopment Corporation, since dismantled and replaced by the Newark Housing Authority) completed Championship Plaza on behalf of the New Jersey Devils" and it is "owned by the Newark Housing Authority, and managed by the New Jersey Devils."

That's as close as I could find to an answer after a quick search.
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:35 AM

What is he talking about with "the courts will eventually decide the revenue dispute"? The arbitrators ruled. You lost. Get over it.


Technically, you can go to court to vacate an arbitration award. However, it's extremely difficult to be successful. You have to show that the arbitrators were basically corrupt or that the award has no legal basis.
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:35 AM

I've told my family that if the reduced police presence should result in me getting shot, I want them to sue the city and give the money to the Devils to sign Parise.



That is still unlikely given the sheer number of people around there before and after games. More likely is you are going to be hit by a vehicle crossing the streets outside the arena.
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:36 AM

I've told my family that if the reduced police presence should result in me getting shot, I want them to sue the city and give the money to the Devils to sign Parise.


Generally, you can't sue a government entity for lack of security or police presence. Although the New Jersey courts are so whacky you never know.
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:57 AM

This guy needs to seriously stop whining and move on.

He's like a child..
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 09:17 AM

Generally, you can't sue a government entity for lack of security or police presence. Although the New Jersey courts are so whacky you never know.


It's just a joke. I've lived in Newark and the area by the arena is not really one of the "don't walk there" places. The whole idea of publicly announcing that you are reducing the police presence at a specific location for a specific event is pretty reckless though.
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 09:42 AM

I have seen maybe 2 police officers so far this season.

That and the A-Team Swat van.
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 10:16 AM

Sure the area immediately around the arena is OK, but I wouldn't venture too far away, doesn't look inviting to hockey fans. To me it looks like gang country almost. I'm sure the Crips/Bloods have presence in Newark, probably why you hear of shootings all the time. But it's like you don't want to lose your way heading back to your car after a game. The area by Brick City and all that looks decent, but I remember the first season there, taking the "free bus" from Broad Street Station and where they let you off, right across the street, stereotypical black restaurants, half a dozen hair salons that advertise they do cornrows, a lot of people walking by that you just felt uneasy about, like at any time they'd decide you would be a good person to mug. I mean it just felt like we didn't belong there and Booker's not exactly doing much to improve that image. If he wants us there so bad, and wants a cut of our money, he should prove he deserves it. It's something he should be all butthurt about if he doesn't get it.

This is insensitive, if not outright racist. How many times have you, or someone you have known, been mugged/threatened in Newark to warrant this?

I think Newark is getting royally, but legally screwed by the Devils... and VBK is in no position to voluntarily given concessions given the reported fiscal problems. Booker should move on and address other areas where he can have an actual affect. And yes, the Devs should be ponying up for more security if they want more security.
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 10:20 AM

Ive been a big a fan of the mayor but now I think he has been a complete fool. All this whining over a friggin rec center? Wtf is a rec center anyway? Pulling back police and slamming the owner/operator of your city's only real attraction just because he hasnt immediately built a damn rec center? Its childish.
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 10:22 AM

Ive been a big a fan of the mayor but now I think he has been a complete fool. All this whining over a friggin rec center? Wtf is a rec center anyway? Pulling back police and slamming the owner/operator of your city's only real attraction just because he hasnt immediately built a damn rec center? Its childish.



Didn't the Devils or JVB recently imply that the rec center is the practice rink at the Prudential Center?
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