Newark mayor's race: In the North Ward, Baraka seeks last-minute surge of Latino support

By Mark Bonamo | May 7th, 2014

 

NEWARK - Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka, facing poll numbers that indicate rival Shavar Jeffries is gaining on him, went on the offensive on Wednesday, striking back at Jeffries and his allies in Newark's North Ward. 

Baraka has experienced an airwave bombardment from the Jeffries campaign in recent weeks. Hundreds of thousands of dollars funneled from a pro-Jeffries independent expenditure fund have financed a slew of TV commercials seeking to slay Baraka's campaign. 

But Baraka, repeatedly flashing the same V-sign used by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill during the London Blitz over seventy years ago, fired back furiously at Jeffries on the ground in a ward his opponent is expected to win. 

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If Baraka prevails, who will be the first to call Fulop?

By Max Pizarro | May 7th, 2014

 

NEWARK - Insiders wonder how long it will take two powerful on again/off again political bosses to call Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop next Tuesday if Ras Baraka defeats Shavar Jeffries - and who will execute faster with the Machiavellian aim of maintaining a leg up on future statewide domination.

Virtually alone in the upper reaches of Democratic Party power in his choice to back Baraka in the Newark mayoral election, the Hudson-bound Fulop in this campaign cycle made a play for muscle in neighboring Essex.

Conversely, the staunchest allies and operatives of powerful Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo and South Jersey Democratic Party kingpin George Norcross III both back Jeffries

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What would a Jeffries loss mean for DiVincenzo?

By Max Pizarro | May 6th, 2014

 

NEWARK – It would be one of the most spectacular pivots in recent New Jersey political history: Essex County Executive Joe DiVIncenzo perfects his Jerry Lewis/Dean Martin stage act with Republican Chris Christie- and a year later not only scares away any Democratic Primary opposition, but secures yet another ally on the throne of Newark City Hall.

That’s what would happen if Shavar Jeffries were to win next week.

Prodding one ally after another into the arena to promote Jeffries (first mayoral candidate turned Jeffries booster Anibal Ramos, followed by U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-10) and state Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz (D-29), DiVincenzo remains an engaged behind-the-scenes Jeffries ally.

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Five Wards and Battleground Election Day Dynamics in Newark; sources say watch the Central

By Max Pizarro | May 6th, 2014

 

It comes down to this in the highly anticipated Ras Baraka versus Savar Jeffries mayoral tilt: North versus South puts the Central Ward in play – in a dramatic way.

Below find a ward by ward breakdown of Newark’s five Election Day-primed wards with seven days to go before Election Day.

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Newark mayor's race: war of words erupts in running street battle between Baraka, Jeffries camps as accusations fly

By Mark Bonamo | May 6th, 2014

 

NEWARK - Supporters of rival Newark mayoral candidates Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries waged verbal war in the streets of Newark on Tuesday, one week from Election Day. Each fired-up side, already fueled by differences over politics and policy, burst into fury as they leveled accusations against each other.

The first salvo was fired from the steps of City Hall as the start of the business day. Chris Pernell, president of the pro-Jeffries independent expenditure group Newark First, lashed out at Baraka for she alleged were potential violations of Newark's 2007 contractor anti-pay-to-play executive order. According to Pernell, Baraka accepted thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from companies that may have been prohibited from donating to his campaign.

"Since 2012, Ras Baraka appears to have accepted at least two prohibited contributions totaling thousands of dollars," Pernell said, specifically detailing two contributions from companies that she claimed may have been prohibited from contributing by executive order in 2012 and 2013, respectively. 

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Newark Mayoral Candidate Shavar Jeffies endorsed by Eva Langoria

Tuesday, 06 May 2014 00:01 Local Talk News Editor

 

Actress, director, producer and activist Eva Longoria endorsed mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries today during the kick off of his #honorthymother campaign, a weeklong series of events culminating with a Mother's Day event reminding people to honor their mothers by working for a better Newark.

Jeffries, who tragically lost his mother to gun violence when he was 10 years old, said the campaign is intended to honor women throughout Newark who are the heart and soul of the city.

"Our mothers and our grandmothers are heroes, often single handedly raising our babies," said Jeffries, who was raised by his grandmother. "As mayor, I will treat our mothers and grandmothers with love and respect and support them by making the city safer, by improving our schools and by making sure there are opportunities for job training and employment."

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If Baraka were to lose on May 13th, what would it mean for Fulop?

By Max Pizarro | May 5th, 2014  

 

NEWARK- Establishment forces backing Shavar Jeffries continue to full-court-press a close contest storyline in the Newark mayor’s race, sending, if not a shiver up the spines of Ras Baraka allies, gut-check phones calls, at the very least, concerning the broader implications of a Baraka loss.

One well-known name comes immediately to mind as someone who would end up in the loser’s column, writhing under the equivalent of a locker room pink belly gleefully administered by those party enemies not so much of Baraka but of one of his most aggressive backers – Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop.

An independent expenditures group backing the former state assistant attorney general released a towel-snapping poll memo today showing a tightening contest with South Ward Councilman Baraka barely clinging to a lead over an air war-aided Jeffries.

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The Payne-Baraka Back Story

By PolitickerNJ Staff | May 5th, 2014

NEWARK - As the Newark mayor's race intensifies, it's worth noting a critical point in the twisting and divided political paths of U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr., (D-10) of Newark and South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka, a candidate for mayor.

When then-mayoral candidate Cory Booker formulated his game plan for taking over City Hall, he did so in part by making an argument to the younger generation of Newark leaders that the elders had dominated the halls of power for too long.

The charismatic Booker assembled a team of next-generation Newark names, including Ronald C. Rice, the son of state Sen. Ronald L. Rice, who was with Booker going back to his original 2002 campaign for mayor.

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Newark mayor's race: Newark First Polling Memo: Baraka 38%, Jeffries 34%

By Mark Bonamo | May 5th, 2014

NEWARK - A polling memo released Monday morning by an independent expenditure group supporting Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries shows the race to be tightening significantly with only eight days until the May 13 municipal election.

Many political observers still see Jeffries' rival, South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka, as having the better-organized ground game. But the air war waged on cable and broadcast television in favor of Jeffries, a campaign largely fueled by independent expenditure funds, could be making an impact in the race's final days. 

The new poll, dated May 5, shows Baraka leading Jeffries by 38 percent to 34 percent margin. 

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Newark council candidate owes more than $100,000 in unpaid taxes, plus $24,000 from 2006 campaign

By Karin Price Mueller/The Star-Ledger
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on May 04, 2014

A 2008 file photo of Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins, who is running for Newark council. Public records show she owes more than $100,000 in federal and state tax liens and a more than $24,000 judgment from unpaid bills for her unsuccessful 2006 campaign

 

When Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins was a Newark councilwoman, she charged the city more than $8,000 one year for meals, another $3,000 on a trip to the American Black Film Festival in Florida, and $1,000 for custom-designed Mother’s Day cards.

Now looking to return as a candidate for a council seat after being ousted eight years ago, Chaneyfield-Jenkins is apparently still having trouble paying her own bills. Records show she owes more than $100,000 in federal and state tax liens.

Chaneyfield-Jenkins, 57, did not respond to calls for comment, but campaign manager Lionel Leach said there was a period in 2006 when she was unemployed. That was the year she lost her bid for re-election.

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