“The Governor and Legislature just got done hammering out a balanced budget that keeps our state on the right track financially,” O’Scanlon said in the statement. “Meanwhile, Cory Booker is fighting an expensive personal vendetta with one hand while he has the other hand out expecting state aid. I respect the Mayor, but this situation is becoming egregious.”
“As the ranking Republican member of the Assembly Budget Committee I can not, in good conscience, imagine handing Newark another $24 million when the mayor is continuing to rack up legal fees and costs for litigation that could have been settled months ago,” O’Scanlon said. “The state should not be in the habit of bailing out towns and cities that are unwilling to help themselves.”
Perhaps calling Vanderbeek a “highfalutin, high-class huckster and hustler“ on television (video here) may not have been the most effective way to rally support against the Devils — at least as far as Assemblyman O’Scanlon is concerned.
O’Scanlon cites Giambusso’s reporting on the backstory between the Mayor’s Office and the Devils owner, which can be found here. The Assemblyman’s threat of withholding Newark’s aid comes shortly after the state has declared the city budget late and set a July 17th deadline for its completion.