Those Silicone Valley stock options, they’re “inconvenient” when you’re pretending to be just another little guy. So Cory Booker won’t release his tax returns.
He still won’t show his.
More than two weeks after vowing to release his income-tax returns, Newark Mayor Cory Booker still hasn’t forked them over — even as his GOP Senate rival, Steve Lonegan, shared his.
Lonegan, who exclusively supplied The Post with his last three years of returns last week, contends Booker’s reluctance to be candid about earnings points to using his office for personal gain.
“It’s indicative of the fact that he’s got something to hide,” Lonegan told The Post. “It’s clear to me that Booker leveraged the office of mayor . . . to gain wealth.”
Booker raked in payments from his former law firm — which won lucrative contracts from government entities over which he had influence — even while serving as mayor, The Post first reported on Aug. 11 after combing through financial-disclosure reports Booker was required to file.
The reports don’t require, and didn’t include, how much money Booker’s former law firm, Trenk DiPasquale, gave him 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 has served as Newark mayor since 2006.
Gee, forget the stock options. This is good old-fashioned graft. Pay to play. The law firm pays Cory. He sends them city contracts. Quid pro quo. Everybody gets rich, and the taxpayers get hosed.
Yeah, I’d want to hide that too. Thing is, I’m not running for U.S. Senate.