Booker Draws Fire For Skipping Forum In Favor Of Fundraiser

NEWARK — Mayor Cory Booker skipped a candidate’s forum for the U.S. Senate special election Democratic primary last night so he could attend a fundraiser with Oprah Winfrey. Booker was represented by an empty chair at the NAACP event.

Congressman Frank Pallone’s campaign said Booker’s decision “should give voters pause.”

“Mayor Booker has chosen time and again to skip debates and forums in favor of photo-op runs, ribbon cuttings and fundraisers with celebrities. The mayor’s decision this evening to skip the NAACP candidate’s forum in his own city in order to rake in cash with Oprah Winfrey is simply more of the same,” said Pallone spokesperson Ray Zaccaro. “Congressman Pallone was thrilled to have another opportunity to stand before voters and answer their questions about what he has done as a Congressman and what he plans on doing as a United States Senator. He recognizes that there is nothing more important than taking the time to listen to the citizens of New Jersey.”

Booker has skipped a number of other candidate forums and debates, and has only committed to appear at two.

In addition to Pallone and Booker, Congressman Rush Holt and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver are running in the Aug. 13 Democratic primary.

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