Mayor Eric Adams justifies the trip to LA after spending campaign money

Mayor Eric Adams went on the defensive when he was pressured on Friday to justify his three-day trip to Los Angeles – and said he was trying to attract business to the Big Apple, while polls showed New Yorkers resent his efforts to curb violent crime.

Adams claimed it was part of his job to leave the Big Apple and learn advice from other mayors across the country on how to attract and retain business – but when asked why he had used campaign money to pay for the trip , he declined to reply. .

“That’s what I have to do. I have to do what other mayors do. They come to my city, to our city, and encourage companies to come to their city. They learn from our ideas,” Adams said. Friday at an unrelated event in Times Square.

“And if I have to stay home while others come and take our stuff, it’s a big mistake. I have to travel the world and I want to show people our product.

Adams has spent the last two and a half days in City of Angels, where he was the only voice catcher on a fintech panel hosted by the Milken Institute, attending a fancy party with comedian Dave Chappelle.

A representative of the town hall told Posten that his campaign in 2025 paid for his return flight ticket as well as a two-night hotel stay.

Mayor Eric Adams insists his campaign-funded trip to Los Angeles will help burn the business to the Big Apple.
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The official would not comment when asked if Adams had any government employees with him and also used campaign money for their airline tickets and accommodation. The person also said Adams could use campaign funds to pay for a trip that combined government and campaign activities.

“I need companies here. We want to be the center of life sciences, cybersecurity, bitcoin, blockchain. And then you have to go out and see what other cities are doing. That’s what we want to do,” he added.

But while the mayor was gone – and his flight home was unexpectedly delayed – the shootings not only continued, but a new poll showed New Yorkers were losing faith in the ex-boyfriend’s ability. police officer to control the wave of guns and other violence that transforms New York into Fear City.

A New York police officer carries a recovered firearm following an arrest on April 20, 2022, in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.
Mayor Eric Adams has been criticized for not doing enough to reduce crime in New York.
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53 percent of voters were not sure he could handle gun violence, compared to 43 percent of voters who said they were at least a little confident in his abilities, a poll from Quinnipiac University released Wednesday.

His overall support rating went from a margin of 46% approval and 27% rejection in a February vote to 43% approval and 37% rejection.

Instead, Adams pointed to a separate poll released Friday that drew a more optimistic picture of his job performance – though the analysis examined the opinions of people in the tri-state area – rather than just people Adams represents in the five boroughs.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy speaks at an international offshore wind conference in Atlantic City, NJ, on April 28, 2022.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy scores higher approval ratings than Mayor Eric Adams.
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The survey asked an omnibus group of people from New York, Long Island, central and lower Hudson Valley, northern New Jersey and southern Connecticut whether they approved their political leaders – Governor Kathy Hochul and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy met 66% approval rating followed by Adams at 59%.

‘The measurements go up and down. It was you who followed me on the campaign, you heard three things, stay focused, no distractions and grind. I’m less than six months inside my administration. And then during those six months, it’s going to be a roller coaster. But in the end, we want to transform this city, ”Adams defended.

The poll was conducted by the Global Strategy Group, led by the disgraced ex-governor Jeffrey Pollack. Andrew Cuomo’s former pollster, who helped police combat allegations of sexual harassment, according to documents included in the explosive investigation into sexual abuse by Attorney General Letitia James.

Pollack also helped Amazon’s hitherto unsuccessful efforts to stop unions try to prevent employees working at the company’s Staten Island-based warehouse from becoming unions.

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