The Brick City’s Next Mayor?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

“I think Cory did was he was supposed to do… he moved on to the Senate.”

That’s how front runner Ras Baraka summed up the tenure of the last elected mayor of Newark, Cory Booker (D-Twitter), during a radio interview on the eve of the election that he hopes will propel him to City Hall’s top spot. And he won’t get an argument from me on that particular point!

The million dollar question: if elected today, will Ras Baraka give Newark the time that it deserves unlike his infamously-absent predecessor? Or will he return the Brick City to the Sharpe James era of old school urban Democrat politics? 

Our friend and Save Jersey contributor Matt Gilson (who prefers Baraka opponent Shavar Jeffries as the lesser of two evils) makes a compelling case that Baraka is most likely to gravitate towards door #2. The presence of Sharpe James’s son on his ticket doesn’t help! Nor does Monday’s 105.1 Breakfast Club interview; for example, at the 5:49 mark, candidate Baraka doubles-down on the definitively disproved New Jersey liberal myth that guns used in urban NJ crime predominately arrive here from other states with less-restrictive gun laws…