Yesterday, comedian Kevin Hart landed at the Teterboro Airport and headed to Newark, NJ to meet with Mayor Cory Booker and to deliver well-needed funds and support to the community.
Hart, traveling around the country for his “Let Me Explain Tour,” took time out to tour the city getting a first-hand account of superstorm Sandy’s aftermath. Stopping at the Newark Emergency Command Center, Hart joined City of Newark Business Administrator Julien Neals for a walk-through of the operation center.
“After Sandy, we went into what we refer to as a level 2 activation. We brought in crisis leaders from the city’s core resource departments to help provide immediate assistance,” Neals said.
Hitting close to home for the Philly native, Hart expressed his sentiments to Booker and his staff. “This was a shocking reality for me,“ Hart said. “I commend you all for pulling together this impressive operation and I’m so happy to be of service.” Expressing his gratitude and appreciation to Hart, Mayor Booker said, “we are blown away by you wanting to be here, and are thankful for your generosity. It has truly boosted our spirits.”
Embarking upon a brief tour of Newark, Hart and Booker arrived at Shaquille O’Neal’s CityPlex 12. Hart presented Booker with a $50,000 check for the Newark Fireman’s Charity Fund. With the help of Vitamin Water, Hart also left palettes of water, cold-weather wear and $50,000 worth of gift cards for the Mayor to distribute.
“I’m blessed; and to be able to help these families obtain the basic necessities that they need is both humbling and uplifting,” Hart said.