City Hall insiders arrange meeting of old foes Baraka and Booker at Newark diner

By Max Pizarro | May 18th, 2014


Some of Cory Booker's biggest area financial backers, including public schools overhaul champions, hoped Ras Baraka would be toast in Tuesday's election.

Instead, the U.S. Senator shared a plate of it with Newark's mayor-elect this morning, when Baraka's brother, Middy, and Booker's statewide director, Mo Butler, managed to cram the two outsized politicos into the same booth of a local Newark diner.

The two men don't have a cozy political past.

Baraka ousted Booker's heavily funded ally in the 2010 South Ward race, then used three years on the council to carve out a dedicated opposition to the upwardly mobile mayor, which he used to springboard himself to victory this past Tuesday.

The post-election topic of the breakfast discussion this morning, according to a source, was "how they can work together to address Newark issues in a general sense."

In last week's historic election, Baraka defeated challenger Shavar Jeffries, who ran with the support of local power player Ray Chambers and the same working rolodex of hedgefund hotshots, charter school advocates and developers that backed Booker during his seven plus years as mayor.   

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