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Newark mayor has “nothing but goodwill” for Devils


It seems Cory Booker has put away his feud with Jeff Vanderbeek — for now.

On Wednesday, the Newark mayor downplayed issues with the Devils owner (in April, Booker called Vanderbeek a “high-class huckster”), opting to focus on safety, security and a successful Stanley Cup finals.

“We’re doing everything necessary to make sure that the record of security for Devils hockey games continues to be what it is, which is virtually flawless,” Booker told WCBS 880. “We’re just thrilled about it. It’s going to be an exciting time.”

While Booker did reference his issues with Vanderbeek — “my prayer is that they work themselves out in the long run,” he said — he remained steadfast in his desire to see New Jersey bring home its fourth Stanley Cup.

“We have nothing but goodwill,” he said. “The reality is right now everybody in Newark is pulling for the Devils to win.”


Newark mayor calls Devils owner “a highfalutin, high-class huckster and hustler”

After calling Devils owner “high-class huckster”, Newark mayor says he was denied Springsteen tickets

Devils owner says Newark Mayor’s comments are “concerning”

Devils owner regrets moving team to Newark, won’t leave

Jeff Vanderbeek, New Jersey Devils

Newark Mayor Cory Booker hasn’t been shy about voicing his displeasure with Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek over an arbitration ruling that ordered the city to pay the club $2.7 million a year in parking revenues. Booker claims Vanderbeek hasn’t lived up to his promises and called him a “high-class, highfalutin’ huckster and hustler.” The mayor also resorted to using rhymes to make his point because…

Anyways, in the wake of all this, Vanderbeek says he should have listened to friends when they told him not to move the team to Newark. (The Devils’ former home was in East Rutherford, N.J.)

That being said, now that he’s in Newark, Vanderbeek isn’t leaving.

“We plan on being here. The mayor can say whatever he wants,” Vanderbeek said. “I’m a big boy.”

Vanderbeek thinks Booker is targeting him to score political points, while Booker says that he’s merely fighting for the taxpayers. Meanwhile, the Devils will open up their first-round series against the Florida Panthers on Friday.

Devils owner says Newark Mayor’s comments are “concerning”

Cory Booker

After being subjected to a series of criticisms from Newark Mayor Cory Booker, New Jersey Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek has fired back.

On Friday, Vanderbeek took issue with a number of Booker’s claims, which came after arbitrators ruled in favor of the Devils in a long-running dispute with the city over arena parking revenue. Angered by the decision, Booker called Vanderbeek a “high-class huckster” and alleged he’d been denied tickets to a Bruce Springsteen concert at the Prudential Center because he went public with his critiques.

Vanderbeek’s response, from the AP:

“It’s concerning that after choosing to take the Prudential Center to court and then have the court ruling that they needed to go to arbitration, and taking it to arbitration, that after that ruling the mayor chooses to not obey the law of the land but seems to be following Booker law.

“Our concern is that in a city like Newark where we are trying to set a platform to draw private business in, that businesses are going to think twice when they think about the risk of coming into Newark.”

According to reports, the Devils haven’t paid rent for the Prudential Center since 2007 because of the parking revenue dispute. The arbitration ruling ordered the city to pay $2.7 million per year in parking money to the team and, combined with other payments and fees, the city now owes the team about $15 million.

Booker was still visibly upset about the situation when reached for comment on Friday.

“[Vanderbeek] claimed to be an altruist and that he wanted to help the community, but he went on finding every legal way imaginable to squeeze out of every commitment,” Booker said. “This just shows the character of the man, that he’s more concerned with squeezing every possible dollar off the table.”

After calling Devils owner “high-class huckster”, Newark mayor says he was denied Springsteen tickets

Cory Booker

We may have found a feud rivaling the hatred and intensity of Flyers-Penguins.

What’s more, this one is being played out off the ice.

According to the New Jersey Star-Ledger, Newark Mayor Cory Booker — who, earlier this week, accused New Jersey Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek of exploiting the city — said his request for seats to next month’s sold-out Bruce Springsteen concert at the Prudential Center had been denied.

More, from the Star-Ledger:

After a reporter asked whether any elected officials had sought Springsteen tickets for the May 2 concert, arena officials immediately offered a copy of a March 22 private e-mail request from the mayor’s campaign staff for tickets — a communication that ordinarily would have likely been kept confidential. Its release gave voice to the team owner’s obvious displeasure over the mayor’s name-calling.

In the e-mail, a staffer for the mayor’s “Booker Team” wrote that Booker “would like to attend the Bruce Springsteen concert with a group of his family. I completely understand this is on high demand and probably sold out. Do you know if there is at least 4 tickets? Originally he asked for 10, if they are available which I doubt it, please let me know if you can get us those tickets for him. I will get his credit card as soon as you let me know how many are available.”

Though Booker agreed to pay for the tickets, the concert is sold out and fans can no longer get seats unless they go to a scalper.

Booker said today the Devils’ release of the e-mail was “petty,” considering he played a crucial role in getting The Boss to Newark in the first place.

“They called me and asked me to lobby to get Bruce Springsteen to come to the arena,” Booker said referring to conversations with the Devils. “I went through a lot of hoops to try to get him to come here.”

Booker also noted that even though Newark put up a large chunk of money to build the Prudential center, the city has no seats for big events.

“Usually when the government bodies put in a large amount of money, the officials have some tickets for community use,” Booker said, adding that the tickets were not for his family. “This is something that Jeff never allowed for.”

The relationship between Booker and Vanderbeek has been tenuous for a while, stemming from disputes over back rent and unpaid parking revenues. Things boiled over on Wednesday when, after an arbitration ruling said the city had to pay the Devils $2.7 million a year in parking, Booker went on the offensive.

“What Jeff Vanderbeek has proven after five years of trying of trying to work with him [is] that he is a highfalutin, high-class huckster and hustler,” Booker said in a news conference. “He came into the city with a mouthful of promises, but a pocket full of lies.”

(Image courtesy the Star-Ledger)