A year ago Mayor Cory Booker was feuding with Devils’ owner Jeff Vanderbeek over revenues from the Prudential Center arena, at one point calling Vanderbeek a “high-class, high-falutin huckster and hustler.”
Now, Booker, who is the front-runner to win next week’s Democratic Senate primary, is embracing the arena where Vanderbeek’s Devils play, announcing today that he will deliver his post-election remarks at the Prudential Center’s Championship Plaza.
The feud between the two erupted over lease payments due the city and parking revenues guaranteed the Devils. In April an arbitrator ruled against the city, leaving Newark owing the Devils money.
Booker followed up his comments by calling Vanderbeek “one of the most despicable owners” in the National Hockey League.