Posted April 06, 2012 on AP on Fox
The New Jersey Devils' top executive took issue Friday with Newark Mayor Cory Booker's recent harsh criticism of him, particularly accusations that the National Hockey League team reneged on a promise to construct a community center as part of its deal to build the Prudential Center arena five years ago. Booker ripped chairman and managing partner Jeff Vanderbeek on Wednesday in a news conference in front of the arena, a day after arbitrators ruled in favor of the Devils in a long-running dispute with the city over arena parking revenue. Booker indicated that the city's attorneys were considering legal recourse. Among other colorful descriptions, Booker called Vanderbeek a ''Grade-A huckster'' who came to Newark with ''a mouthful of promises and pocketful of lies.'' One of the unfulfilled promises, Booker said, was that the Devils would build a community center next to the arena in downtown Newark, the state's largest city. Vanderbeek told The Associated Press on Friday that Boo...
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