He spoke during his monthly Newark Today with Cory Booker show on WBGO. The discussion (starting about 46 minutes in) focused on the Nets moving to the Prudential Center for a season or two before a potential move to Brooklyn.
Host Andrew Meyer noted that expected new owner Mikhail Prokhorov has been reported (secondhand) as being open to buying the team at a reduced price and keeping the team in Newark. "Nets management still says the [permanent] Jersey option is moot," said Meyer. "What's the reality now?"
"The reality is we're in a powerful negotiation right now that [outgoing Gov.] Jon Corzine has brought down to the two-inch line before we can score the touchdown, which is, an agreement between the Nets, Izod Center, and Newark, to heal the wounds," Booker said, "to set a new arrangement with the Devils, which will significantly increase the revenue Newark will get... and stop having two arenas competing with each other."
The state would have to waive a penalty imposed on the team's move to Newark, but--according to reported negotiations--the Izod Center would apparently get concerts previously scheduled in Newark.
"As for the Nets, the discussion is moving the Nets to Newark for a season or two until it can built over in Brooklyn," Booker continued. "Now, will that building in Brooklyn go up or down? I do not care to say right now or predict what I think will happen."
"And if they don't build the [new Brooklyn arena]?" asked Meyer.
"Then we have a chance to keep the team," Booker said. He did not say, as he has done in the past, that Newark-based investors were ready to scoop up the team. Maybe everyone's been scared away by Prokhorov.