To the editor:

Sen. Corey Booker’s conduct at the Brett Kavanaugh hearing was a total disgrace to this country. All due respect to state Sen. Martha Hennessey, but she bought Booker’s smooth rhetoric — like hiring someone, his past performance should be researched.

Booker’s prior job was mayor of Newark, N.J., News indicates he “left Newark in a mess with high-lead-level household water. He promised to improve Newark; six years later, he left it in the same condition (per a local college professor).”

After Booker’s tenure in Newark, in February 2014, the state comptroller found that the the now-defunct Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corp. operated free of meaningful oversight despite a $10 million annual service contract. Indictments followed, swept up consultants, contractors and head of agency Linda Brashear (for six years), a Booker ally who admitted soliciting bribes for overinflated contracts, per public records. Old saying, be careful what you ask for. Advice from someone 86 years young.

Conrad Bouchard


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