Newark Power Broker Carl Sharif has Died

By Max Pizarro | 09/30/15



Carl Sharif, the brainy, hard-nosed South Ward political power broker who helped launch Cory Booker’s career in local politics, has died.

Booker once called Mr. Sharif his “political sensei.”

A master builder of Newark political operations, Carl Sharif got his start in school board politics and as an administrative assistant to Mayor Ken Gibson, and most recently championed Booker’s ward and citywide races, his son Darrin Sharif’s successful 2010 Central Ward campaign, and last year’s Shavar Jeffries mayoral campaign.

He once advised Booker that the fledgling local politician needed to walk the Central Ward in its entirety in order to reach voters.

Mr. Sharif had been ill for many years but doggedly pressed on with his myriad political activities.

He was 75.

To see a 2008 interview with the iconic Newark politico, go here. To read about Booker’s challenge of Central Ward Councilman George Branch, go here.

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