Cory Booker's imaginary Newark residence

With New Jersey voters going to the polls on Wednesday to choose a senator to replace the late Frank Lautenberg, more evidence is emerging that Cory Booker, the Democrat candidate, is a fraud. Today, The Daily Caller reveals that according to neighbors at his reported address in Newark, Booker, the Mayor of Newark, apparently doesn't live in the city, as he claims. In fact, he may live in New York City.

Multiple residents of Newark told The Daily Caller that the longtime mayor doesn't live at any of the addresses he has claimed as home. The mayor is believed to live in New York even though he is registered to run for New Jersey's special senate election.

Booker, who filed to run for the U.S. Senate from a B.O. Box in Newark, is registered to vote at 435 Hawthorne Avenue but his next door neighbors told this reporter and filmmaker Joel Gilbert on camera that they haven't seen Booker in years and that he doesn't live there. (snip)

Cassandra Dock, a community activist critical of both Mayor Booker and Governor Christie, told us that the home on Hawthorne was actually a police station. (snip)

Dock and her friend, Donna Jackson, are convinced that Booker lives in New York. "I really do believe he lives in New York," says Dock.

Oops. I have never lived in New Jersey, but am reasonably familiar with the kind of inferiority complex afflicting people who live next door to a glamorous and world-famous city, and who are derided as residents of a dirty, ugly place. They do not appreciate being led by people who claim to be one of them, but who defect to the glamor camp.

Now let me be the first to declare that New Jersey as a whole is not at all like the refineries and junkyards one sees from the New Jersey Turnpike, driving from media capital New York City to government capital Washington, DC. There are many lovely spots in New Jersey, which is, after all, called The Garden State for good reason.

Eliana Johnson of National Review Online exposed Booker's imaginary friend last August:

...sources tell National Review Online that the central character in one of Booker's oft-repeated stories - T-Bone, the drug pusher who the mayor has said threatened his life at one turn and sobbed on his shoulder the next - is a figment of his imagination, even though Booker has talked about him in highly emotional terms and in great detail.

The tale is one Booker admits he's told "a million" times, according to the Newark Star Ledger. Ronald Rice Jr., a Newark city councilman and Booker ally who has known the mayor since 1998, says the T-Bone story was "a fixture" of Booker's unsuccessful 2002 mayoral bid against corrupt Newark political boss Sharpe James, perhaps for its symbolic value. In Booker's mind, according to the city councilman, "It's not so much the details of the story" that matter, but the principle that "these things happen, they happen to real people, they happen in the city of Newark." Rice, a Newark native, says he doesn't know whether T-Bone exists. But, he explains, "if Cory had to tell a story or two and mix details up for Newark to get the funding for it, I see that as something that's taking tragedy and doing something productive for it." (snip)

Booker has never publicly said that T-Bone does not exist. In fact, he has done quite the opposite. Andra Gillespie, the author of The New Black Politician (2012), writes: "For his part, Booker defended the veracity of this story to me, insisting that T-Bone really existed." The mayor told Esquire in 2008 that T-Bone is both "1,000 percent real" but also an "archetype" symbolic of Newark's plight. Asked whether the mayor stands by his previous statements, Booker campaign spokesman Kevin Griffis told me, "I think your questions have been answered a long time ago," but declined to specify further.

It is not the first time Booker has been caught taking liberties with the truth.

With Tea Party Republican Steve Lonegan surging, the possibility exists of a major upset at the polls. The Lonegan campaign desperately needs money to publicize this latest development to voters before Wednesday. Donations may be made here.