In fiery speech, Baraka calls on New Jersey state Dems to rise up while Sweeney looks on

By Mark Bonamo | May 16th, 2014

 

 - Newark Mayor-Elect Ras Baraka, in his own words "exhausted" after his victory in Tuesday's election, found the fire inside to call out the New Jersey state Democratic establishment on Friday morning regarding the party's future direction.

"We're the party that succeeds even in the face of big bosses," said Baraka, vigorously pointing out towards the crowd of 400 applauding Democrats, including the table up front where State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) was looking on. "We're the party that organized people in the face of huge money. We need a party that stands up."

Baraka's comments came just 72 hours after many New Jersey political observers say the outcome of the Newark mayoral race didn't just move around the pieces on the Garden State's political chessboard.

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Where was Cory?

By Max Pizarro | May 15th, 2014

 

To those most cynical observing members of the political establishment, the workload breakdown seemed straightforward enough: Sen. Bob Menendez would handle the heavy lifting in the war and peace department as chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Sen. Cory Booker would take charge of his twitter handle and inspire world peace.

That included Booker staying out of Tuesday’s Newark mayoral election.

The man who served as the city’s chief executive for seven and a half years upon swearing-in pivoted to his U.S. Senate duties for the duration of a local and increasingly ugly campaign, choosing peace not war and leaving his closest allies to high-five this week about the political upside of having kept their boss out of the fray.

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Newark Elections: Cory Booker backlash bolstered Ras Baraka (Mulshine)

By Paul Mulshine/The Star Ledger
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on May 14, 2014

In the old days, I used to have to travel to Cuba or Nicaragua to see this sort of thing. Now I can just walk a few blocks down Broad Street from The Star-Ledger’s office in Newark.

"Twelve miles from Wall Street, Newark hangs in the balance of a people’s democracy populated by the multinational workers’ unity raising Baraka’s banner on one side and imperialism’s NJ goon squad on the other."

That’s from an article in a newspaper called "Unity & Struggle" that was handed out freely at Ras Baraka’s victory party Tuesday evening. The rest of the paper was filled with Marxist harangues and political poetry by the incoming mayor’s late father, Amiri Baraka.

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Op-Ed: With Newark at Crossroads, Voters Make Clear the Path They Prefer

Junius Williams | May 15, 2014

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The campaign for mayor in Newark just concluded, with the victory of Raz Baraka over Shavar Jeffries, his only opponent.

Jefferies painted himself as the reform lawyer with the answers for Newark’s problems of too much crime, too few jobs, poor education, and the need for business investment. He painted Baraka as a “militant," as a thug for his association with gang leader, and as dishonest because he hired his brother on his staff as South Ward Councilman.

Baraka, on the other hand, portrayed himself as the homegrown people’s advocate, a successful high school principal by turning around a failed high school; and a community healer, at one point bringing about a truce between the Bloods and the Crips. He painted Jefferies as irrelevant to the struggle of the ordinary Newark residents, most of whom are working class or poor. Even though Jefferies was raised here, he had no answers, because he never did anything for the city.

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Winners and Losers: Post May 13th Election Edition

By PolitickerNJ Staff | May 14th, 2014

 

PATERSON - The winners will say it was a cycle in which people-power prevailed over bosses.

But there were bosses who showed up in the winners’ circles, radiating democracy while intent on making those populist victors deliver.

Time will tell if these wins, which severely dented the command structure of the New Jersey Democratic Party and its veteran pooh-bahs, will actually benefit the people.

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Newark election 2014: Run-off races to be held in Central and West wards

By Naomi Nix/The Star-Ledger
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on May 13, 2014

New representatives were elected tonight to the city council in Newark City Hall.

 

NEWARK — Incumbents largely won reelection in tonight's municipal election.

Neither Newark mayoral hopefuls Ras Baraka or Shavar Jeffries were able to usher in their full slate of preferred candidates.

Central Ward councilman Darrin Sharif will have to compete in a runoff next month with Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins after maintaining the lead but not securing 50 percent of the vote.

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Ras Baraka declares victory in Newark mayoral election

By Star-Ledger Staff
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By Ted Sherman and Naomi Nix/The Star-Ledger

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop on stage with Newark mayor-elect Ras Baraka during Baraka's victory speech after he beat Shavar Jeffries in today's mayoral election in Newark.

 

NEWARK — Ras Baraka, a councilman and fiery community activist who campaigned on the vow to "take back Newark" from outsiders, was elected mayor of New Jersey’s largest city in decisive fashion Tuesday night, declaring victory before the votes were even fully counted.

"We are the mayor!" he proclaimed, echoing his own campaign slogan.

With 150 of 162 precincts reporting, Baraka was swept into office, capturing 54 percent of the vote in the nonpartisan election — the first since Cory Booker decamped the city and set off for Washington. His opponent, Shavar Jeffries, who grew up in Newark after his teenage mother was murdered when he was just 10, followed with 46 percent.

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The cross-circuits of Democratic Party politics: past and future converge on tomorrow

By Max Pizarro | May 12th, 2014

In this cycle, nursing confusions and mangled alliances from 2013 and intent on reformulating and hardening battle lines leading up to 2017, the statewide Democratic Party warred with itself locally, its internal divisions enhanced by overwhelming outside spending.  

The theaters all fit together – Paterson, Irvington, Trenton, Bayonne - and at the center stood Newark, in many ways the torque point for everything else.

Undiscovered territory undergirds these contests, specifically the amount of spending by independent expenditure groups: so far a total of $2.7 million in the cities – most of it ($2.6 million to date) in Newark; and the bulk of the Newark IE spending ($1.7 million) lined up in favor of establishment Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries, according to the state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).

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Newark's race for mayor: Baraka and Jeffries at the end of old-school battle with new cash

By Star-Ledger Staff
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By Ted Sherman and Naomi Nix/The Star-Ledger

 

Newark mayoral candidate and South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka, speaks at the podium, during a rally on the steps of Newark City Hall to oppose State Superintendent Cami Anderson's "One Newark" plan.

 

 

NEWARK — They both come from the same place.

One is a lawyer. The other an educator and elected official. They share similar views on many issues, both are registered Democrats, and they grew up in the same part of the city where each now lives.

But in the rancorous street fight that marks the race to elect the next mayor of Newark, the two candidates battling for the job might as well be from different planets.

The election in the state’s largest city on Tuesday pits Shavar Jeffries, 39, a former assistant attorney general who worked as a civil rights lawyer, against high school principal and city Councilman Ras Baraka, 45, the son of the late activist and poet Amiri Baraka.

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Battle Stations Newark: Ramos and company combine in the North Ward for Jeffries

By Max Pizarro | May 11th, 2014

 

 

NEWARK – The North Ward Democratic organization and attendant allies mobilized six floats Sunday and took to the streets of the North Ward for two hours, up Mount Prospect, down Summer and up Bloomfield, horn-honking, salsa blaring and broadcasting the alliance of Councilman Anibal Ramos, Jr. and his candidate for mayor: the South Ward-based Shavar Jeffries.

“We’re focused and we’re pumped,” said Phil Alagia, head of operations. “We’re going to produce results here on Tuesday that we have not seen in a while.”

“A while” takes this group back to 2006, when Ramos beat then incumbent Councilman Hector Corchado, leading the outfit into its peak performance in 2007 when it catapulted M. Teresa Ruiz into the 29th District senate seat.

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