Booker was responding to a mailer [right] falsely stating that he endorsed A-Team mayoral candidate Remond Palmer. No such endorsement has been issued.
When Booker was questioned about the mailer on Twitter, he replied: “That is unfortunate. I did not endorse anyone in this race.” [Booker's Twitter responses are below.]
The disputed mailer says it’s paid for by “Asbury Park Democrats, LLC” with an address at 1104 Asbury Avenue, Asbury Park.
The address for Asbury Park Democrats, LLC. at 1104 Asbury Avenue is the same address listed for Darryl Hammary and Diteko Hammary on filings with the Election Law Enforcement Commission. They are listed as treasurer and chairperson respectively for an independent PAC called “Asbury Now” that supported A-Team candidates in the 2013 city council election.
Joe Grillo, Chairman of the Asbury Park Democratic Executive Committee, said the local party organization has no connection to “Asbury Park Democrats, LLC.” The local party is not endorsing any candidates in the Asbury Park municipal or board of education elections, Grillo said.
The Monmouth County Democratic Organization posted on its Facebook page on Saturday that neither Booker or the county Democrats are making endorsements in the Asbury Park elections:
Please note that Senator Cory Booker nor the Monmouth County Democrats have made an endorsement in the race for Mayor or City Council in Asbury Park. Asbury Park is a nonpartisan race and both the Monmouth County Democratic Organization and Senator Cory Booker are NOT involved in this race in anyway and on behalf of any candidate. We encourage all voters to vote this Tuesday for the candidate he or she prefers. There are several outstanding candidates running, several of them are Registered Democrats and Democratic County Committee members.
The mailer includes a photo of Booker with Palmer and a statement that reads as follows:
As your United States Senator, I’m working everyday to help our President give the people of Asbury Park the help they need — whether it’s affordable healthcare, or federal funds to give police and firefighters the resources they need to keep us safe. That is why I’m proud to support Remond Palmer for Mayor of Asbury Park. Remond is an Independent Democrat who stands up for what he believes in.
Yours in Service,
United States Senator Cory A. Booker