Lautenberg To Booker: You’re “Stealing [My] Ideas”
New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg is not pleased with what Newark Mayor and possible Senate primary opponent made on Morning Joe.
An aide to Lautenberg told BuzzFeed that the mayor spent the morning on set touting Lautenberg’s gun control legislation without giving proper credit to the senior Senator.
“Instead of giving Senator Lautenberg credit and showing him the respect that he’s earned, Mayor Booker is stealing his ideas and marketing them as his own,” said the Lautenberg aide.
On Morning Joe, Booker urged Congress to close gun sale loopholes that allow United States citizens to purchase guns without background checks at gun shows. The Mayor also said that people on the country’s “terrorist no-fly list” should be banned from purchasing guns.
“If you were on the terrorist no-fly list, you can’t get on a plane, but you could go to gun shows in America, you can go to the private market, internet sales and buy trunkload full of weapons,” said Booker on the show.
The aide pointed out that both policy initiatives have been championed by Lautenberg for years. In 2007 and in every subsequent Congress, said the aide, the Senator introduced legislation that would ensure terrorists be banned from purchasing firearms and explosives. And a bill to close the gun show loophole was introduced by Lautenberg as early as 1999.