Newark Mayor Cory Booker Rips New Jersey Devils After Arbitrator Rules In Favor Of Team

Newark Mayor Cory Booker did not mince words Wednesday, calling New Jersey Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek a "hustler" who "came into this city with a mouthful of promises and a pocketful of lies." It all came in the aftermath of an arbitrator's ruling in favor of the Devils in a dispute between the team and the city over the revenue-sharing agreement at Prudential Center, the five-year old home of the team in downtown Newark.

Via the Star-Ledger:

"He is a high-class, high-falutin huckster and hustler," the mayor said in a diatribe more in the style of Chris Christie than Cory Booker. "A Wall Street millionaire that played into every stereotype that's out there."

On Tuesday, a panel of independent arbitrators upheld a lease agreement and "parking letter" that leaves Newark owing roughly $600,000 to the Devils after waiting in vain for $13 million in unpaid rent.

The ruling awarded the city $14.7 million in unpaid rent and other expenses from the Devils, but it also awarded Vanderbeek's club $15.3 million in parking revenues and excess taxes.

The Devils pay the city rent and a share of revenues each year as part of the Prudential Center lease agreement, and the city is obligated to pay a share of the parking revenues as part of a separate agreement. Both deals were signed before Mayor Booker was inaugurated in 2006.

For more on the New Jersey Devils, including actual on-ice matters, check with In Lou We Trust.

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