City Desk

Adrian Fenty Holding Fundraiser With Cory Booker

They're bald. They're black. They're fabulous.

And they're raising money together.

According to a Facebook event posting, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Newark Mayor Cory Booker will be holding a joint fundraiser on March 11 at the Local 16 bar/restaurant.

The host committee includes such boldface names as A. Scott Bolden and Ernie Jarvis (son of onetime Fenty nemesis Charlene Drew Jarvis).

UPDATE, 4:20 P.M.: The event was the brainchild of local attorney and businessman Eric Broyles, who says he hosted Fenty and Booker's first meeting back in 2001, at a fundraiser for the aspiring Newark mayor at his Logan Circle home.

Back then, shortly after 9/11, he says, "it was a time of great despondency....I was struck that by the sense of excitement and hope everyone had by having both of these two leaders on the stage together."

Now that "both of them have risen to where I thought they'd be," Broyles contacted each candidate to do a joint event, and they agreed.

Broyles says this will be a pioneering shindig—the first major joint fundraiser of this type either he or anyone else he knows had heard of. He anticipates anywhere from 500 to 700 attendees at the event—a figure which, considering the $125-per-candidate minimum, could (very) conservatively raise $80,000 or more for each candidate.

The deets:

Guest: $125 to each campaign – $250
VIP: $500 to each campaign – $1,000

VIP Reception from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
(photos with each mayor will be provided in the VIP reception)

Open Bar and Food from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Valet Parking Provided

Cash Bar after 8:00 PM
DJ Blaze after 8:00 PM

Early registration/RSVP is strongly encouraged as we expect to hit capacity quickly!

There have been indications that Fenty and Booker are close; both were early and enthusiastic supporters of Barack Obama, and Fenty traveled to Newark to campaign for Obama with Booker on Super Tuesday last year.

Attendees are asked to contribute to both campaigns equally, but the event could potentially be much more lucrative for Booker: He can take $2,600 maximum donations, while Fenty's limited to $2,000.

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