But he “quit” the firm when he got elected mayor to avoid “the appearance of impropriety.”
Five years of “severance pay?” Yeah, that’s “confidential.”
Cory Booker pocketed “confidential” annual payouts from his former law firm while serving as Newark mayor.
Booker, the front-runner in New Jersey’s Senate race, received five checks from the Trenk DiPasquale law firm from 2007 until 2011. During that time, the firm raked in more than $2 million in fees from local agencies over which Booker has influence.
Booker worked at the West Orange firm for five years, leaving in 2006 when he was elected Newark’s mayor to avoid “the appearance of impropriety.”
Since 2007, the firm has raked in at least $1,287,639 in legal fees from Newark’s Housing Authority, $554,663 from a local wastewater agency, and $212,318 from the Newark Watershed, records show.
Soon after becoming mayor, Booker appointed Modia Butler — the head of a nonprofit that he organized, Newark Now — to the authority board. Butler later became board chairman.
Elnardo Webster, a former law partner at the firm — and longtime Booker friend and political adviser — serves as the Watershed’s attorney. Booker served on the Watershed’s board.
In 2008, a company run by relatives of another ex-law partner, Richard Trenk, bought a 5-acre plot from the authority to build a commercial heliplex, The Star-Ledger reported. While Trenk had a $500,000 contract with the authority to work on redevelopment issues, the agency said the lawyer wasn’t involved in the deal with his uncle and two cousins.
Nope, no “appearance of impropriety” there. Just business as usual in Newark.
Corry Booker is Sharpe James with better PR.