Newark Mayor Cory Booker has been unable to answer questions regarding paid speaking engagements because he is too busy dealing with the crisis in Haiti, according to the mayor’s staff. PolitickerNJ.com has requested information regarding Booker’s relationship with an agent that books celebrity public speakers following yesterday’s disclosure that the mayor received a $10,000 fee from The College of New Jersey last October. Around the same time, Booker spoke at Rider University for free.
Over the last two years, Booker has give speeches on more than twenty college campuses, including: Rutgers University-Newark, Montclair State University, Raritan Valley Community College, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Ramapo College, Columbia University, Brandeis University, Drew University, Seton Hall University, Harvard University Law School, New York University, Princeton University, Stanford University, Yale University, Pitzer College, State University of New York-New Paltz, Washington University (St. Louis), Fairfield University, and Auburn Theological Seminary. He has also addressed corporate gatherings, like Google, and non profits, like the State Theater in Ithaca, New York, the Open Society Institute in Baltimore, the Regional Neighborhood Network Conference in Decatur, Illinois, and the Diversity Alliance for Science conference, which was sponsored by several New Jersey-based pharmaceutical companies. PolitickerNJ.com is awaiting a response from Booker regarding his compensation for any of these appearances.
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