Sharif done as mayoral candidate in Newark

By Mark Bonamo | February 12th, 2014


NEWARK - Central Ward Councilman Darrin Sharif officially dropped out of the Newark mayoral race on Wednesday, hours after North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos, Jr. also left the race.

"After an honest assessment of our ability to raise the necessary resources to get our message out and to run a city-wide campaign, and after talking to my friends, close advisers and loyal Central Ward supporters, I have decided to withdraw my candidacy for mayor and announce my candidacy for re-election as a council member for the Central Ward," Sharif said.

Sharif did not endorse any of the other Brick City mayoral candidates on Wednesday, unlike Ramos, who endorsed Jeffries. Sharif noted that he was in contact with Jeffries following his decision. Carl Sharif, Darrin Sharif's father, is Jeffries' campaign director.

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The Ramos Decision and its immediate impact in Newark, according to sources

By Max Pizarro | February 11th, 2014


The news this evening out of Newark first reported by PolitickerNJ’s Mark Bonamo sent a shock wave through the ranks of political players in Essex County sizing up the new dimensions of a rivalry that starts with the mayor’s race but may boomerang on the county executive contest a month later.

How crazy will this get is a question on the minds of political insiders tonight.

Sources say Newark North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos intends to drop out of the mayor’s contest tomorrow to back former Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries.

Energized by Ramos and those establishment Democrats in Ramos’ corner, Jeffries hopes to then focus his attention on defeating South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka, the frontrunner in the mayor’s contest, according to street polls.

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Christie Ridicules Democrats for Emphasizing Income Inequality

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Baraka vs. Jeffries battle royale set for Newark mayoral race

By Mark Bonamo | February 11th, 2014


NEWARK - The removal of North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos, Jr. from the Newark mayoral race has set the stage for a mainlined surge of excitement straight into Brick City's political veins.

Central Ward Councilman Darrin Sharif remains in the race, and the fluidity of Newark politics could mean that a last-minute candidate could emerge. But with Ramos gone, the state's largest city expects to witness a war to even the score between the two main candidates left standing: Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries.

The two contenders for the title of Newark's mayor are in many ways diametrically opposed.

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Sources: Anibal Ramos to drop out of Newark mayor's race and endorse Shavar Jeffries

By James Queally/The Star-Ledger
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on February 11, 2014

Newark City Councilman Anibal Ramos is expected to drop out of the city's 2014 mayoral election tomorrow and endorse Shavar Jeffries, sources told The Star-Ledger today.


NEWARK — Newark City Councilman Anibal Ramos is expected to drop out of the city's 2014 mayoral election and endorse former assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries tomorrow morning, sources told The Star-Ledger.

Ramos, who was rumored to be dropping out of the race last month, is expected to make the announcement outside the Robert Treat Hotel on Wednesday, according to the sources, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the situation.

It was not clear why Ramos was dropping out. A spokesman for Ramos declined to comment on the matter.

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Candidates confront Cami Anderson's influence on education at Newark mayoral forum

By Mark Bonamo | February 10th, 2014


NEWARK - The four men who aspire to power in Newark sat before a room of powerful people at PSE&G on Monday when a member of the crowd asked a question about the issue that will play a large role in deciding the May election.

Josh Weston, the honorary chairman of Automatic Data Processing (ADP), commented on the state of education for Newark's children to the four Brick City mayoral candidates at a forum sponsored by PSE&G and public relations firm Zinn Graves & Field.

Weston referred to what he saw as the "two educations in Newark" - the public school and charter school systems, asking the candidates how would they improve the former and would they expand the latter.

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Chris Christie endorsement is regrettable: Moran

By Tom Moran/ Star-Ledger Editorial Board
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on February 09, 2014

Gov. Chris Christie takes the oath of office in January. Even before he was embroiled in scandals, The Star-Ledger's endorsement of the governor was a close call.


During the fall campaign, the liberal TV hero Rachel Maddow ran a stinging segment ridiculing The Star-Ledger’s endorsement of Gov. Chris Christie. How could we endorse him, she asked, when we criticized him so harshly in the same piece? Had we lost our minds?

Not quite. An endorsement is not a love embrace. It is a choice between two flawed human beings. And the winner is often the less bad option.

But yes, we blew this one. When the endorsement ran, I could not get a cup of coffee in the People’s Republic of Montclair without my liberal friends taunting me. Back then, I pushed back.

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In Inquiry, It’s Christie Against Prosecutor

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An Interview with John Sowell: Candidate for Mayor of Irvington

February 7, 2014

Essex County Politics


John Sowell, a candidate for Mayor of Irvington, met with Essex County Politics in Irvington. He discussed his candidacy, his platform, and his goals for Irvington.

A graduate of Newark Tech and a graduate of the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local No. 25 four-year Apprenticeship Program, John has lived in Irvington since 1990 and served on the Irvington Municipal Council from 2000-2012, including 10 years as Council President. John earned the distinction of being the longest serving Council president in the history of Irvington.


Essex County:              Thanks for coming to meet me.

John Sowell:                Thank you for agreeing to meet with me, actually. I appreciate you taking time out to find my candidacy worthy enough of attention.

Essex County:              You’re welcome. I’d like to start with your prior service to Irvington. You served on the Irvington City Council for 12 years, from 2000 until 2012. And then you didn’t run for reelection. I’d like to begin by asking you what made you get out of politics, and then decide to get right back in?

John Sowell:                I made the decision to run for mayor in the summer of 2013 after lengthy discussions with many residents that I have known over the years. And looking at the conditions of the township, and based on my experience in government, and my experience in my private work life, I felt that I could definitely be the mayor and move the township forward.

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On Blog, an Ex-Christie Ally Showed Approach to Politics

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