Joan Whitlow: Newark politics and the shirts on kids’ backs
Then someone sent me some T-shirts. One was made for a city swim program, one for a community mentoring program, and a small, bright orange one for a children’s basketball program. They’re all paid for by the City of Newark division of recreation. Printed across the backs of the shirts:
Mayor Cory A. Booker
“Here to Win in 2010”
Making Newark’s Recreation/Cultural Affairs “The International Destination.”
I’m not sure what the last two lines mean, but the first two sure read like politicking at public expense.
Smart piece on City Hall’s apparent misuse of public funds for political means. The shirts were not distributed, and the city’s Inspector General is investigating the incident.
However, this is the type of political shenanigans that were business-as-usual in years past, and the exact culture Booker ran to reverse.