T-Bone: Democrat Cory Booker Recently Gave Up His ‘Imaginary Friend’
Cory Booker has often used tales about his close friend, the tough-talking T-Bone, to counter critics’ claims that he’s out of touch with the plight of the poor in New Jersey.
But it has come to light that Booker invented his ‘imaginary friend’ T-Bone so Cory Booker had to let him go.
Booker told a group at Yale Law School about watching T-Bone ‘operate this street-level drug trade.’
He also once claimed that T-Bone asked him to go for a ride with him and during the drive, he found himself ‘trying to counsel this guy to turn himself in.’
Rutgers University history professor Clement Price, who calls himself a friend and mentor to Booker, says Booker admitted to him that he invented T-Bone.
‘I’ve been up and down the streets [of Newark] and nobody’s ever heard of this T-Bone,’ Walter Farrell, a professor of social work at the University of North Carolina, told National Review’s Eliana Johnson.
When the media began questioning the T-Bone’s authenticity several years ago, Booker assured that his friend was ‘1,000 percent real’ but eventually stopped mentioning him in stump speeches.
The National Review reports:
But sources tell National Review Online that the central character in one of Booker’s oft-repeated stories — T-Bone, the drug pusher who the mayor has said threatened his life at one turn and sobbed on his shoulder the next — is a figment of his imagination, even though Booker has talked about him in highly emotional terms and in great detail.
The tale is one Booker admits he’s told “a million” times, according to the Newark Star Ledger. Ronald Rice Jr., a Newark city councilman and Booker ally who has known the mayor since 1998, says the T-Bone story was “a fixture” of Booker’s unsuccessful 2002 mayoral bid against corrupt Newark political boss Sharpe James, perhaps for its symbolic value.
In Booker’s mind, according to the city councilman, “It’s not so much the details of the story” that matter, but the principle that “these things happen, they happen to real people, they happen in the city of Newark.” Rice, a Newark native, says he doesn’t know whether T-Bone exists. But, he explains, “if Cory had to tell a story or two and mix details up for Newark to get the funding for it, I see that as something that’s taking tragedy and doing something productive for it.”
The T-Bone tale never sat right with Rutgers University history professor Clement Price, a Booker supporter who tells National Review Online he found the mayor’s story offensive because it “pandered to a stereotype of inner-city black men.” T-Bone, Price says, “is a southern-inflected name. You would expect to run into something or somebody named T-Bone in Memphis, not Newark.”
“If you’re going to create a man along High Street,” he says he asked Booker, “why don’t you make it W. E. B. DuBois?” From Booker, he says, “There was no pushback. He agreed that was a mistake.” Since then, references to T-Bone have been conspicuously absent from Booker’s speeches.
Recently, Booker claimed he has a girlfriend who would make a nice first lady. I am wondering if she is real or imaginary!
In an interview, he was quite vague!
“Would she make a nice first lady, whoever she is?”Booker was asked.
Booker said she would, which spurred a follow-up question: “Oh, so whoever this special someone is, is someone you may potentially marry one day?”
Looking slightly panicked, Booker laughed and said: “out of all the issues we talked about this is the most uncomfortable part of this interview.”
Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!