Who is this guy Max Pizarro and who thinks his “writing” is fit to publish?
This stinker was dropped in my Google Alerts this afternoon. It is a PolitickerNJ account of a GOTV rally at a bowling alley in Manville, in support of 16th District Democrats, with an appearance by Newark Mayor Cory Booker, including the story of a friendly $1,000 bowling wager between Booker and SCDC Chairwoman Peg Schaffer.
The article clunks through a description of Booker's motivational remarks, peppered with journalistic slop like:
The Tony Robbins headset messages included team work and never giving up, and these were massage points (did he mean “message points”?) for a county organization long used to getting carried off the field on Election Day – on stretchers, not shoulders.
Redistricting put a crack in the drawbridge of longtime GOP stronghold LD 16 – rerouting the Princetons and South Brunswick into the laps of veteran state Sen. Kip Bateman (R-16) and Assemblyman Pete Biondi (R-16) and giving Dems enough juice to play for an assembly win.
Note that he does not name a single Democratic LD-16 candidate by name, candidates that he described as “ginned up” in an October 12 PolitickerNJ piece.
Let me help you out, Max. Their names are:
Maureen Vella, candidate for NJ State Senate
Marie Corfield, candidate for NJ State Assembly
Joe Camarota, candidate for NJ State Assembly
(Disclosure: I am campaign treasurer for the Corfield Campaign)
Then, he went full Bulwer-Lyton with the account of the Booker/Schaffer bowling match, which I'm sure would have Hemingway rolling in his grave. Not exactly “Death in the Afternoon”, folks.
Then the money shot:
The mayor went first, powering in shot that left him with a single spare. On his second roll he pounded the lone sentinel down with ease.
The story at least had a happy ending. They tied, and Peg got her $1,000 from the Mayor.