Newark Election 2014: South Ward natives vie for city council seat

By Naomi Nix/The Star-Ledger
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on April 27, 2014

At-large Newark city councilman John Sharpe James is competing for the South Ward council seat against popular football coach Brian Logan.

 

NEWARK — When voters in Newark’s South Ward head to the polls next month, they won’t find their current city councilman, Ras Baraka up for re-election, but there will be at least one name that is just as recognizable.

John Sharpe James, a decorated veteran and son of former Mayor Sharpe James, is running against Brian Logan, a police detective and popular football coach.

Riding on the coattails of Baraka’s support on his own turf and his family legacy, experts said, it’s James’ election to lose. But few rule out that Logan, who is backed by Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries, could galvanize enough grassroots support among South Warders to churn out a win.

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Newark mayor's race: Negative advertisements intensify in final stretch

By Naomi Nix/The Star-Ledger
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on April 24, 2014

Outside groups have spent thousands of dollars on advertisements in the Newark mayoral race between South ward councilman Ras Baraka and former assistant attorney general Shavar Jeffries. Pictured is a screenshot of a commercial recently released by Newark First, an independent group supporting Jeffries.

 

NEWARK — Negative advertising in the Newark mayoral election has intensified this week, with groups supporting each candidate releasing television commercials attacking their rivals.

South Ward councilman Ras Baraka is competing against former assistant attorney general Shavar Jeffries in the May 13 election.

The commercials are just the latest example of independent expenditure groups spending thousands of dollars on this year's election.

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Newark mayor's race: Congressman Hakeem Jeffries comes to Newark to boost candidate Shavar Jeffries

By Mark Bonamo | April 25th, 2014

 

NEWARK - The fundraiser for Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries, held at the Newark Club  downtown on Thursday night, offered the approximately 150 participants eye-widening views of the city Jeffries wants to govern, as well as New York City to the east. 

If one squinted, the borough of Brooklyn could be seen in the distance. While DJ Ran sampled The Notorious B.I.G.'s rap song "Where Brooklyn At," one of Brooklyn's representatives in the U.S. Congress took the microphone to support someone with the same last name.

"This is a city that I feel intimately connected to because of my own family background," said U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY8), whose district encompasses parts of Brooklyn and Queens. "My father was born and raised in Newark and went to Barringer High School. Shavar supported me from a very early stage, when I ran for the [New York] state Assembly. I'll never forget that. Our areas codes are different, but the issues are largely the same. When you send him to City Hall, he's going to stand up for Newark." 

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New pro-Baraka ad invokes Christie in Newark Mayor's race

By Max Pizarro | April 24th, 2014

With less than three weeks to go until Election Day, independent expenditures group Working Families Organization launched an ad today trying to tie Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries to the financial backers of Gov. Chris Christie’s game plan for Newark's educational system.

It’s the third in a series of sustained TV spots that will run through Election Day.

“Shavar Jeffries does not care about community input any more than Chris Christie, because he’s supported by and beholden to the same Wall Street money that’s tearing down Newark schools brick by brick,” said Rob Duffey, New Jersey Working Families Alliance, the New Jersey affiliate of Working Families.

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Newark mayor's race: pro-Jeffries independent expenditure group slams new pro-Baraka TV ad, calls for spending records release

By Mark Bonamo | April 24th, 2014

The independent expenditure group in favor of Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries launched its third TV ad on Thursday in support of Jeffries. 

The group, known as Newark First, lashed out at the TV ad launched by the independent expenditures group in favor of Jeffries' rival, South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka, in the race to be decided on May 13, just 19 days away. 

Newark First also called on Baraka to release a full record detailing his council office’s spending, which the city and candidate have yet to make public, according to the group. 

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Newark mayor's race: judge dismisses Baraka lawsuit to remove two Jeffries allies from Essex Board of Elections

By Mark Bonamo | April 23rd, 2014

 

NEWARK - An Essex County Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka that called for the removal of two supporters of his rival, former state Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries, from the Essex County Board of Elections. 

The suit, filed last month, asserted that Frances Adubato and Lee Fisher, who both serve as commissioners on the four-person board, were in violation of election law and ethics codes, including the New Jersey Conflicts of Interest Law, the New Jersey Uniform Ethics Code, the Essex County Board of Elections Ethics Code and the common law. 

Frances Adubato, the wife of Newark power broker Steve Adubato, Sr., and Fisher serve as Democratic chairs in Newark's North and South Wards respectively. Adubato and Fisher both endorsed Jeffries in February. 

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Newark mayor's race: At pre-Walk to Washington breakfast, Jeffries looks at campaign's last three weeks, outlines path to victory

By Mark Bonamo | April 22nd, 2014

 

NEWARK - Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries worked the crowd at the breakfast before the 77th annual New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Walk to Washington train trip at the Newark Hilton on Tuesday morning. The Hilton stands a short distance away from Seton Hall University's law school, where Jeffries has worked as an associate professor. In just three weeks, Newark's voters will be his judge and jury in the May 13 municipal election. 

In an interview with PolitickerNJ.com, Jeffries presented a path to victory on Election Day that seemed to indicate a strategy that relies significantly on two of Newark's five wards. 

"Our message is resonating throughout the city. We're going to win by very large margins in the North and in the East in particular. We have clear organizational strength there," Jeffries said. "We're going to preserve our margins in other parts of the city. We're in great shape. We've just got to keep doing the work."

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Newark mayor's race: pro-Jeffries independent expenditure group shows donations of $1.3 million, Wall Street ties in ELEC report

By Mark Bonamo | April 21st, 2014

 

NEWARK - Newark First, the independent expenditure group that supports Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries in the run-up to the May 13 municipal election, has been on the attack lately against Jeffries' rival in the mayoral race, Ras Baraka. These attacks have centered on a critical aspect of political life: money. 

On April 18, Newark First asked Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, who endorsed Baraka in February, to denounce his political ally for accepting salary increases as Newark's South Ward councilman while at the same time the City of Newark laid off workers. 

Earlier in the week, Fulop had told the press that a proposed plan to double the salaries of Jersey City council members and their aides is "shameful." 

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Newark mayor's race: Jersey City Mayor Fulop, a Baraka backer, endorses Ramos, Jeffries slate member

By Mark Bonamo | April 18th, 2014

 

NEWARK - To the casual observer of Newark politics, the scene at Don Pepe's restaurant on Thursday night was confusing, unless one considers a force that is at times more powerful than politics: friendship.

North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos, Jr. hosted a fundraising event where more than 200 people waited to hear him speak. Ramos, an erstwhile mayoral candidate, dropped his bid to be Newark's political CEO in February. Shortly thereafter, he joined the council slate of mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries. 

But before Ramos addressed the crowd, one supporter stepped forth and stepped up to the microphone: Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop. 

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Fulop asked to denounce his pick in Newark mayor's race

By Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal
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on April 18, 2014

Mayor Steve Fulop

 

A group aligned with Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries is asking Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop to denounce Jeffries opponent Ras Baraka for accepting salary increases as a councilman while the city laid off workers.

The move comes after Fulop told The Jersey Journal this week that a proposal to double the salaries of City Council members in Jersey City is “shameful.” Newark First, an independent coalition of Jeffries’ supporters, said today it would be “hypocritical” for Fulop, who has endorsed Baraka in the May 13 race, not to call out Baraka for his own pay.

“If Mayor Fulop truly believes that city council members accepting a salary hike is ‘shameful’ in Jersey City, he ought to denounce Ras Baraka for lining his own pockets while Newark is struggling,” said Newark First spokesman James Freedland.

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