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February 11, 2009

Mayor Booker: moving Nets to Newark "fixed in my mind"

Atlantic Yards Report

Newark Mayor Cory Booker is being careful about mentioning what he's doing to try to bring the NJ Nets to Newark's Prudential Center. Suffice it to say, it's on his mind:

[T]he Star-Ledger's Brian Donohue explained in the video report Ledger Live, Booker's prepared--but not delivered-- [State of the City] text included a planned slip. As the mayor discussed bringing different types of investments to the city, he was to say, "We're excited to see what's NETS... I mean, next."
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Last Thursday, however, the mayor was not reticent. The sequence began at about 35:10 of [WGBO's Newark Today]; both Booker and host [Andrew] Meyer sounded notably enthusiastic.
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AM: Well, let me put out there what we know. We have a contributor here who's been tracking the project closely, and he's said basically that the Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn has ground to a halt, Bruce Ratner, the developer, is not moving forward with the arena, supposedly until all the lawsuits over eminent domain are settled, and they're not even due to go to trial until next year. You combine that with the lack of financing available for big projects and, y'know, the Brooklyn Nets seem more and more like a mirage.

CB: I'm telling you right now I have it fixed in my mind. Every single day I think about it, that we're going to have the Newark Nets one day. It's taking a lot of work on both sides of the river, and there are a lot of people from Brooklyn to Newark that believe that that team belongs here.

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Posted by lumi at February 11, 2009 5:10 AM