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Talkandpolitcs…..Newark’s Corey Booker….Is re-Elected……

Newark city is voting today!

The story of incumbant Booker is still inspiring, from the infamuos “Street fight” documentary on the 2002 mayoral race, to his winning in ’06 and beating crime, strengthening schools and improving the budget in New Jerseys biggest city.

And March 2010 was the first murderfree month in Newark in 44 years.

The voting booth has just opened, but it seems like a walk-over for the incumbent this time, and the race have been neat and quiet – with Booker squashing the others with his $7.5m budget and Tv-ads.

Nonetheless – happy voting day for Newark!

More from Talkandpolitcs.

Update…..

Cory A. Booker easily won re-election as Newark’s mayor on Tuesday, and at least seven of his allies on the nine-member Municipal Council appeared headed to victory.

With about three-quarters of the precincts reporting, Mr. Booker had almost 60 percent of the vote in a field of four, while his nearest competitor, Clifford J. Minor, had about 35 percent.

“Newark is going to continue to rise,” Mr. Booker told raucous supporters at the Robert Treat Hotel. “Newark, New Jersey has great days ahead.”

But he warned several times that progress would not come easily. Fiscally, he said, “We have the most challenging environment right now that we have seen in decades.”

Impressive as it was, the Booker team’s showing fell short of its clean sweep four years ago. In 2006, Mr. Booker won 72 percent of the vote, and his slate won all nine Council races.

On Tuesday, a Booker critic and former council member, Ras Baraka, won the South Ward seat, easily defeating the incumbent, Oscar S. James II, who was allied with the mayor. Another member of Mr. Booker’s slate, Charles A. Bell, the Central Ward councilman, was leading but did not have a majority, forcing a runoff against Darrin Sharif.

Another candidate who was seen as posing a threat to the mayor’s slate was John Sharpe James, son of the former mayor, Sharpe James, but the younger Mr. James failed in his bid for an at-large Council seat.

It remains to be seen whether Mr. Booker has a harder time dealing with the often-fractious Council than he did in his first term. Many of the mayor’s political alliances, including those with council members, are with former antagonists, and several of the council members have ambitions for higher office. The city also faces a budget deficit and declining state aid.

Mr. Booker, 41, is widely seen as a potential candidate for higher office, but the prospects of that will ride on his ability to govern the state’s largest city, a poor community known for political intrigue and shifting allegiances.

In 2002, Mr. Booker, then a council member, made his first run for mayor, narrowly losing to Sharpe James, who won his fifth four-year term. But in 2006, Mr. James opted not to run for re-election…….

More……..

May 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Projections, TalkandPolitcs, Updates | , | 2 Comments

Talkandpolitcs…..Newark's Corey Booker….Is re-Elected……

Newark city is voting today!

The story of incumbant Booker is still inspiring, from the infamuos “Street fight” documentary on the 2002 mayoral race, to his winning in ’06 and beating crime, strengthening schools and improving the budget in New Jerseys biggest city.

And March 2010 was the first murderfree month in Newark in 44 years.

The voting booth has just opened, but it seems like a walk-over for the incumbent this time, and the race have been neat and quiet – with Booker squashing the others with his $7.5m budget and Tv-ads.

Nonetheless – happy voting day for Newark!

More from Talkandpolitcs.

Update…..

Cory A. Booker easily won re-election as Newark’s mayor on Tuesday, and at least seven of his allies on the nine-member Municipal Council appeared headed to victory.

With about three-quarters of the precincts reporting, Mr. Booker had almost 60 percent of the vote in a field of four, while his nearest competitor, Clifford J. Minor, had about 35 percent.

“Newark is going to continue to rise,” Mr. Booker told raucous supporters at the Robert Treat Hotel. “Newark, New Jersey has great days ahead.”

But he warned several times that progress would not come easily. Fiscally, he said, “We have the most challenging environment right now that we have seen in decades.”

Impressive as it was, the Booker team’s showing fell short of its clean sweep four years ago. In 2006, Mr. Booker won 72 percent of the vote, and his slate won all nine Council races.

On Tuesday, a Booker critic and former council member, Ras Baraka, won the South Ward seat, easily defeating the incumbent, Oscar S. James II, who was allied with the mayor. Another member of Mr. Booker’s slate, Charles A. Bell, the Central Ward councilman, was leading but did not have a majority, forcing a runoff against Darrin Sharif.

Another candidate who was seen as posing a threat to the mayor’s slate was John Sharpe James, son of the former mayor, Sharpe James, but the younger Mr. James failed in his bid for an at-large Council seat.

It remains to be seen whether Mr. Booker has a harder time dealing with the often-fractious Council than he did in his first term. Many of the mayor’s political alliances, including those with council members, are with former antagonists, and several of the council members have ambitions for higher office. The city also faces a budget deficit and declining state aid.

Mr. Booker, 41, is widely seen as a potential candidate for higher office, but the prospects of that will ride on his ability to govern the state’s largest city, a poor community known for political intrigue and shifting allegiances.

In 2002, Mr. Booker, then a council member, made his first run for mayor, narrowly losing to Sharpe James, who won his fifth four-year term. But in 2006, Mr. James opted not to run for re-election…….

More……..

May 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Projections, TalkandPolitcs, Updates | , | 2 Comments

Newark has a murder free month…….Kudo’s to the Cops and Cory Booker!

The Cops get the bigger photo cause they are out there doing the grunt work…….But Corey Booker, the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey get props also…….He has made it his business to bring in a Police Chief from New York City to take over the Department that he found dispirited and overwhelemed…he has sought to inject himself into the lives of his city when most had given it up ………

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Here’s a piece from the Atlantic Magazine on the Newark Crime decline……

When no one is murdered in Newark, New Jersey that’s big news. When it stays that way for an entire month, it’s a milestone. The city just achieved its first homicide-free month in over 40 years. Newark has a murder rate that’s 3.8 times the national average, and the city has previously been dubbed “The Most Dangerous City in America.” But recent efforts by Newark Mayor Cory Booker and the police department seem to be making a difference. Today, the blogosphere has been giving the city’s affable young mayor high praise.

  • This Is Cory Booker Success Story, applauds Matt Kelley at Change.org: “Newark Mayor Cory Booker deserves a big piece of the credit. Booker, who last night was celebrating the achievement by quoting Nelson Mandela on Twitter (“It always seems impossible until it’s done”), has made crime reduction a central piece of his administration. He’s launched regular citizen night patrols, and usually walks the streets along with residents. He’s the kind of sleeve-rolling mayor our embattled cities need. If you haven’t seen the fantastic documentary Street Fight, you may not know the depth of this guy’s resolve. Watch it this weekend — I guarantee you’ll come away with a dose of respect for Newark’s tough, innovative young mayor.”

More Blogging stories on the drop in crime and Corey Booker……

and Here…….….

April 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Crime, Government, Home, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , | 10 Comments

Newark has a murder free month…….Kudo's to the Cops and Cory Booker!

The Cops get the bigger photo cause they are out there doing the grunt work…….But Corey Booker, the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey get props also…….He has made it his business to bring in a Police Chief from New York City to take over the Department that he found dispirited and overwhelemed…he has sought to inject himself into the lives of his city when most had given it up ………

See full size image

Here’s a piece from the Atlantic Magazine on the Newark Crime decline……

When no one is murdered in Newark, New Jersey that’s big news. When it stays that way for an entire month, it’s a milestone. The city just achieved its first homicide-free month in over 40 years. Newark has a murder rate that’s 3.8 times the national average, and the city has previously been dubbed “The Most Dangerous City in America.” But recent efforts by Newark Mayor Cory Booker and the police department seem to be making a difference. Today, the blogosphere has been giving the city’s affable young mayor high praise.

  • This Is Cory Booker Success Story, applauds Matt Kelley at Change.org: “Newark Mayor Cory Booker deserves a big piece of the credit. Booker, who last night was celebrating the achievement by quoting Nelson Mandela on Twitter (“It always seems impossible until it’s done”), has made crime reduction a central piece of his administration. He’s launched regular citizen night patrols, and usually walks the streets along with residents. He’s the kind of sleeve-rolling mayor our embattled cities need. If you haven’t seen the fantastic documentary Street Fight, you may not know the depth of this guy’s resolve. Watch it this weekend — I guarantee you’ll come away with a dose of respect for Newark’s tough, innovative young mayor.”

More Blogging stories on the drop in crime and Corey Booker……

and Here…….….

April 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Crime, Government, Home, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , | 10 Comments