Why Newark is better after Mayor Booker

Ignore the critics: Cory Booker put Newark residents first and delivered for his city. Photo: Corey Booker (AP)

NEWARK, NJ, October 22, 2013 — Newark Mayor Cory Booker, now U.S. Senator-elect for New Jersey, has shown the country what an elected Mayor is supposed to do by putting his constituent first and delivering for his city.

Since his first day in political office, Booker has utilized social media to bring attention to some of Newark’s most important issues. His access to media and press has helped Newark attract tourism and investment to the once dim light of the Garden State. If that doesn’t sell the average Newark resident on Booker, then the fact that he has Oprah and Barack Obama on speed-dial, which correlates to government access and large-scale media attention, should show Newark residents the advantages Booker brings.

With all the good under Booker, there is also the bad. Newark’s crime rate has escalated over the past few months.

The “bad” has given those who oppose Booker something new to talk about, as they continue their deep support for ex- Newark Mayor ‘Sharpe’ James.

‘Sharpe’ remains one of Newark’s most popular Mayor’s despite his fraud conviction and the fact that he left the city in economic shambles. Many residents enjoyed the James regime, which served from 1986 to 2006, only because he helped out those closest to him, hiring those who would not have otherwise found employment elsewhere.

These ‘Sharpe’ supporters remain unable to understand why Booker is clearly the better choice for Newark’s economic and sustainable future. Booker has an Ivy League education and has faced no major scandals while in office. He has attracted the entertainment industry to a city once known for crime and corruption. He has rebuilt the image of the city, attracted industry and improved the economic situation.

Now that Booker has just won the special election for the U.S. Senate, Booker will have a much bigger task at hand, trying to increase his base and sell his message statewide.

Cory Booker’s Senate run has reignited some familiar criticisms from those same individuals who criticized the Mayor since day one. Some even claim Booker’s personal ambitions have always overshadowed the interest of Newark and its people, even calling his position as Mayor it a ‘stepping stone” to larger political office.  

However, the next Mayor of Newark when elected will enjoy the rewards and reap the economic benefits of a much safer and more sustainable Newark thanks to Booker, even if he does not reap the credit.

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