Phil Kerpen

The New York Times reported that companies like Ivo Fernandes's mechanic shop and Pedro Nogueira's Portuguese restaurant saw their property tax appraisals double or even triple.

"How can I pay the taxes?," Fernandes said.

Jose Breda, who owns a 6-unit apartment building whose valuation more than doubled was blunter: "They are robbing the people."

This from a mayor who in 2011 was delinquent on his own taxes to the tune of $2,820.

In 2010, Booker laid off 167 police officers (despite a 20 percent increase in property taxes) and triggered a spike in violent crime, which is up 24 percent from 2009 to 2012. There were two fatal shootings Friday in broad daylight, while Booker was on Twitter sharing quotes from Winnie the Pooh and mourning the death of an actor who played a Klingon on Star Trek. Outside of the city's corporate welfare-funded glitzy downtown, Newark's suffering is getting worse.

Meanwhile, Booker, owner of that shameful 14.4 percent Newark unemployment rate has - to be fair - created about 20 real private sector jobs. The jobs are at Waywire, a company he founded with investment cash from Oprah Winfrey and Lady Gaga's manager that has become best known for hosting anti-Semitic videos that YouTube won't allow. But the company Booker founded doesn't even have an office in New Jersey, let alone Newark. Waywire's offices are safely located in Manhattan.

Booker promises to do for America what he did in Newark. Voters should avoid making America more like Newark and look someplace else for their next United States Senator.


Phil Kerpen

Phil Kerpen is president of American Commitment, a columnist on Fox News Opinion, chairman of the Internet Freedom Coalition, and author of the 2011 book Democracy Denied.

American Commitment is dedicated to restoring and protecting America’s core commitment to free markets, economic growth, Constitutionally-limited government, property rights, and individual freedom.

Washingtonian magazine named Mr. Kerpen to their "Guest List" in 2008 and The Hill newspaper named Mr. Kerpen a "Top Grassroots Lobbyist" in 2011.

Mr. Kerpen's op-eds have run in newspapers across the country and he is a frequent radio and television commentator on economic growth issues.

Prior to joining American Commitment, Mr. Kerpen served as vice president for policy at Americans for Prosperity. Mr. Kerpen has also previously worked as an analyst and researcher for the Free Enterprise Fund, the Club for Growth, and the Cato Institute.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Kerpen currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife Joanna and their daughter Lilly.

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