Star Ledger: Booker asks for probe of Sen. Obama letter
Newark Mayor Cory Booker asked his inspector general Wednesday to investigate how a letter from Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign got into a four-page program distributed to guests last week at ceremony for the city’s African Commission.
File PhotoDemocratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama and Newark Mayor, Corey Booker leave at the conclusion of a press conference last year.??
Booker called the inclusion of Democratic candidate’s letter a “clear violation of my administration’s standards and the ethics legislation my administration wrote in conjunction with Councilman Ronald Rice.”
The mayor, also a Democrat and an honorary co-chairman of Obama’s campaign in New Jersey, asked Inspector General James Wright to investigate after The Star-Ledger raised questions about the letter.
Booker has asked Wright to prepare a report by Jan. 28 and include recommendations for disciplinary actions.
The inclusion of Barack Obama campaign materials in last week’s African Commission meeting. Details about the commission can be found in the city’s press release by clicking the link below.
Newark City Hall: “Mayor Booker Swears in Newark’s African Commission”
Seven members will work to promote African culture and collaborations
Mayor Cory A. Booker launched the City of Newark’s African Commission this morning by swearing in its seven members to their posts at a ceremony in the Municipal Council Chamber at City Hall.
At the ceremony, Dosso Kassimou, Musa Manneh, Marceline Die Phillips, Menseh M. Jones, Okems Innocent Okemezie, Raymond Ladoye Fawole, and Atta Boamah took their oaths of office from Deputy City Clerk Kenneth Louis. The seven new commissioners are African-born Newark residents and community activists. Their biographies are attached.
“Today we are recognizing the great achievements, heritage, and power of African culture and life in the City of Newark, and making their strength a part of our greater strength as a city,” Mayor Booker said. “This commission will manifest African culture to our residents, unite the African diaspora in Newark with its homeland, and serve as an advocate for that diaspora in our city. It will help unite us as a people and empower our drive toward excellence.”
The Commission, which was created as part of the Mayor’s Office on August 1, 2007, will promote policies and awareness of issues concerning the cultural, social, economic, political, educational, health and general well being of Africans and African-Americans in Newark. The commission will encourage an understanding of contemporary African and African American policy issues and promote awareness and recognition of the African Culture and civilization.
The African Commission will also study, develop and recommend to the Mayor such policies, programs, and activities that will help to promote the African and African-American life and to collaborate with and assist other civic and private groups in organizing and sponsoring programs and events aimed at promoting African and African-American cultural awareness and contemporary policy considerations.
The Commission will work with international, Federal, State and Municipal agencies to promote issues concerning its programs and activities.
“I believe that my contribution to the African Commission will help bridge the gap between Africa and America,” Ms. Phillips, said. “I want to bring the African and American communities closer together.”