Pizarro on Newark in the Obama Years

Obama, Newark, and the expectations
Max Pizarro covers the Central Ward election, the effect of an Obama presidency on cities like Newark, and whether Mayor Booker will stick around for another four years after his first term (short answer: he will).

Booker says he’s stuck “like a Texas tick in Newark,” and to a person, his Newark and Essex County colleagues say he’s committed to running for a second term as mayor – now with the added boost of a personal relationship with Obama.

“An Obama presidency means that Newark becomes the laboratory for urban renewal,” said state Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-Essex).

Coutinho agreed.

“I believe Cory Booker is committed to being mayor and will probably run for governor in 2013,” the assemblyman said. “If vacancies open up in the U.S. Senate, that could change his plans. But short of a vacancy, he’ll run for another term.”

Author: Ken Walker

Husband, Father, Analyst. In a glass case of emotion since 1978.

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