Progressive New Jersey Democrat Lisa McCormick responded to Senator Cory Booker's staged performance in a town hall forum televised on CNN.
"Senator Cory Booker always sounds good but my concern with Cory is his relationship with the truth," said McCormick. "Frank Bruni, the New York Times columnist commenting on the show claimed Booker has a 'near perfect resume' after calling him 'extremely charismatic' but fawning over politicians allows them to escape responsibility for the lies, deceits and betrayals we all feel when the show is over."
"Asked how he would fix Social Security so that millennials can retire, Booker said, 'Having changes to that cap on Social Security would more fully fund Social Security' but a more genuine progressive would have asserted that we must scrap the cap," said McCormick. "I agree with Senator Booker's statement that, 'Fixing Social Security is not as complicated as some would make it' but the wiggle room he left makes me doubt his commitment to eliminating the tax cap that lets people making millions or billions of dollars pay no more than someone earning $132,000 a year."
"The way to fix Social Security is to scrap the cap, entirely and unequivocally," said McCormick. "I was disappointed to hear the eradication of a bad thing termed 'having changes to that cap' because it does not need 'changes' -- it just needs to be scrapped."
"Booker also said he turned Newark around but life for ordinary people has not improved," said McCormick. "People in Newark had to fight against Booker when he wanted to privatize the public schools, or sell off municipal water assets or illegally appoint a political ally to a vacant City Council seat. He was an absentee mayor who collected post-resignation paychecks from a law firm that he rewarded with city contracts, earned millions in out of town speaking fees and exploited residents while co-starring in YouTube videos with Republican Chris Christie, billionaires Mike Bloomberg and Mark Zuckerberg, or crooked political bosses like 'slave-catcher Joe' Divincenzo."
"Senator Cory Booker is a fraud, but once again Americans have been treated to entertainment instead of hard news," said McCormick. "Senator Booker and almost every other opportunistic neoliberal pursuing the Democratic nomination for president is merely hindering the likelihood that Senator Bernie Sanders, the presumptive Democratic nominee and commanding front runner, will have of defeating Republican President Donald Trump."
"Senator Booker and the other neoliberals have sought to rob Senator Bernie Sanders' progressive agenda, but they should clear the Bernie's path to the nomination so we can have a united Democratic effort focused on the president," said McCormick. "In 2012, Senator Cory Booker said he would not indict private equity, which is like saying he approves of greed. In 2018, Senator Cory Booker endorsed a Democratic Senator who was indicted by the Obama administration instead of a progressive alternative. Now, Senator Cory Booker is a champion of greed who is running against a champion of the people."
"I may be the only one saying it, but Senator Cory Booker is a fraud," said McCormick.
As a candidate for US Senate in the 2018 Democratic primary election, Lisa McCormick became one of the nine New Jersey Democrats who got the most primary election votes in the last 25 years, along with Bob Menendez, Jim McGreevey, Phil Murphy, Cory Booker, Jon Corzine, Frank Lautenberg, Robert Torricelli, and Barbara Buono.
As a grassroots progressive challenger, Lisa McCormick earned more votes that Governor Jon Corzine got in the 2009 primary. McCormick got more than the combined total of Congressman Frank Pallone, Congressman Rush Holt and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver in the 2013 primary. McCormick received more votes in 2018 than the total number of ballots cast in the entire 2015 Democratic primary election! Senator Cory Booker supported her opponent.