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Meissner again attacks Booker over defunct Newark water agency

GOP senate candidate sends letter to Baraka

By Nikita Biryukov, September 09 2019 3:52 pm

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Stuart Meissner, the former New York Deputy Attorney General seeking the GOP U.S. Senate nomination, renewed his attacks on U.S. Sen. Cory Booker over Newark’s water crisis, this time aiming at the presidential candidate’s management of the Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corporation.

“As a former prosecutor, who spent a significant part of my career prosecuting fraud, I am especially pained by the fact that this crisis was caused — in part — by the misdeeds of political cronies, who put their own greed above the citizens they were called to protect,” Meissner said in a letter to Newark Mayor Ras Baraka.

Last month, NJ Advanced Media reported that Linda Watkins-Brashear, a former NWCDC director now serving an eight-year prison sentence for bribery charges, in 2015 told federal investigators that a corporation employee pressured vendors to donate to Booker’s campaign.

Watkins-Brashear did not say Booker directed the alleged fundraising effort, and Booker has long denied involvement in the events that led to the closing of the NWCDC.

Booker was not investigated or charged in relation to what the state comptroller in 2014 called an “egregious” abuse of public funds.

Meissner is one of three Republicans seeking the nod to run for Booker’s seat.

Hirsh Singh, who ran for the second district’s House seat last year, and Tricia Flanagan, who mounted an independent bid for U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez’s seat, are also seeking the nomination.

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