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Senator for all the people? Brooklyn's Schumer stays neutral in Nets-Knicks rivalry

Sen. Schumer has been very busy since Superstorm Sandy hit New York and was unable to attend last week's Nets-Knicks game at the Barclay's Center. AP Photo by Harry Hamburg

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — He's a Brooklyn-born fan of the New York Knicks basketball team. And when he's not in D.C., he lives in Park Slope.

But he's also a politician.

For now, Sen. Charles Schumer says he hasn't chosen sides in the new NBA rivalry between the Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets.

But the Democrat says he has a plan. He says he'll attend the next Knicks-Nets game and "let my heart be my guide."

Schumer spoke the morning after the Nets defeated the Knicks 96-89 in overtime in the Barclays Center. It was the teams' first meeting since the Nets moved to Brooklyn this season from New Jersey.

Schumer said he'd originally planned to attend on Nov. 1. That game was postponed because of Superstorm Sandy, and Schumer said he could not make Monday's game.

December 3, 2012 - 10:41am


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