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The Cost Of Being Cory

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Kate Mosso and the Chasers take out the claws (and a whole lot of documents) in a high stakes game of he-said she-said.

Cory Booker's opponent Steve Lonegan says Cory's camp is stalling, or even completely avoiding the public release of public documents related to his expenses as Mayor of Newark.

It all started last month when Democrats requested a number of public documents related to Steve Lonegan's expenses during his tenure as Mayor of Bogota.  A letter from the Bogota clerk's office answered the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request promptly explaining Steve had expenses adding up to $85.31 during 12 years as Mayor!

Next, Lonegan's people fired back with an OPRA request of Cory's Mayoral expenses including credit card statements and even timesheet records of any municipally owned helicopters.  But, records show the Newark clerk's office asked for a time extension and eventually answered only a fraction of the questions asked by Lonegan and Republicans.

Republicans ask: is Cory Booker using the brand new Newark Police chopper to fly to speaking engagements on the tax-payer's dime? Booker claims to earn more off speaking engagements than he does being Mayor of Newark (at a yearly salary of $170k).  Lonegan says he never made more than a few thousand dollars a year and forewent his salary for several years to balance the Bogota budget.

Cory's camp says he HAS released his expenses and Steve is the one who has never released his personal tax records among other things. Lonegan's camp says they haven't seen any expense records and no one's ever asked for records of Steve's taxes.

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