Baraka: Lonegan a disaster, but mayoral hopeful stops short of backing Booker

By Max Pizarro | September 24th, 2013


Anibal Ramos backs Cory Booker for U.S. Senate. Shavar Jeffries backs Cory Booker for U.S. Senate.

But Ras Baraka?

He doesn’t support Steve Lonegan, GOP challenger to Booker in the Oct. 16th general election.

But Baraka, Newark’s South Ward councilman and one of the leading candidates for mayor in the 2014 citywide contest, isn’t yet prepared to say he supports the candidacy of old local foe Booker.

“Steve Lonegan’s extreme right wing Tea Party Republican policies would spell disaster for not only Newark but also for cities across America,” Baraka told

Lonegan has repeatedly made salvos into Newark to stand at podiums in opposition to Booker’s work product as mayor of New Jersey’s largest city. Some of his appearances have put him in close proximity to Baraka backers.

Baraka wants it clearly known that he doesn’t back Lonegan.

But the man who knocked off Booker’s ally, Oscar James III, in 2010 and has defined himself politically as the mayor’s chief critic, can’t publicly summon a stomach for the mayor’s statewide candidacy – at least right now.

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commented 2013-12-21 15:26:18 -0800
Thank you
commented 2013-09-25 05:48:34 -0700
Good for you Ras! We who support Booker as the lesser of two evils are not going to start loving him.