Quintana won't change his vote to seat Speight
By Max Pizarro | November 27th, 2012 - 10:53pm
| More

Following Newark At-Large Councilman Luis Quintana’s vote in favor of Shanique Davis Speight, Sharpe James’s former deputy mayor received a communique from the man himself, the city’s former chief executive, who wanted Quintana to walk back the vote.

Quintana won’t do it.

“He has talked to me... My conscience is clear,” said the veteran councilman. “I’m not backpedaling, I don’t backpedal. Nothing against Sharpe’s son, but I made my decision. You can’t continue to play the politics of yesterday with people.”

Quintana’s affirmation of Speight locked up the council 4-4, and prevented James, the former mayor, from seating his son, John Sharpe James, in the vacant council seat.

James’s longtime foe Mayor Cory Booker then broke the tie on the governing body in favor of Speight, setting off a city hall backlash of protestors.

“We are a nation of laws,” said an unapologetic Quintana, “and the law is very clear: the mayor breaks a tie in circumstances like this.”

West Ward Councilman Ronald C. Rice told PolitickerNJ.com that based on his 2010 effort, the younger James deserved to fill the seat vacated by U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Jr.’s ascension to Congress.

Sources told PolitickerNJ.com Quintana initially planned to vote in favor of James in exchange for support toward the council presidency. But, he confirmed, “I was getting mixed signals,” he said. “I didn’t see a good act of faith. I was getting the sense that people were telling me they were going to support me, then changing the play.”

In that environment, Quintana said he withdrew his support for James and instead backed Speight, who had the support of North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos and Booker’s chief of staff, Mo Butler.

Quintana acknowledged the black/white split on the council but said it does not reflect division in the city at large.

“It’s City Hall politics, not African Americans versus Latinos,” he said.

Nonetheless, he said he is calling on clergy in the city to make a special effort during this holiday season to help government bring the city together.

“I am for unity in the community,” he said. “I pray for the City of Newark.”  

The Back Room

Monmouth Shore Local Newspaper, The Two River Times, Gets New Owner

The Two River Times, a weekly local newspaper covering affluent towns on along the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers, was sold earlier this month. On July 11, Domenic M. DiPiero III of Rumson, bought the quirky community newspaper from its previous owner, Michael "Mickey" Gooch.

Read More >

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 31st

  Christie to Newark hecklers: 'I've spent as much time in Newark as anyone else' BELMAR - Gov. Chris Christie's got nothing but love for The Brick City, or so he says. In response to a Newark school student here today -- a 17-year-old president of the Newark Student Union...

Op-Ed

The health of New Jersey's women is not Chris Christie's priority

By Linda Stender At his most recent town hall, Gov. Chris Christie accused his predecessors of "monkeying with the math" when it comes to their handling of our state's economy. But as the old saying goes, when the governor points a finger, he... Read More >

Contributors

(7-30-14) Who Is Best Equipped to Decide the Fate of the Common Core? - The latest Christie controversy surrounds his Executive Order to revamp the state’s academic... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »
The Perry-Paul Debate is Healthy for the GOP – and for America  The foreign policy debate in the media between prospective GOP Presidential candidates Texas Governor Rick Perry and... more »
(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs.  It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Go to Mayor [Cory] Booker and ask him if he thinks in the years that he was mayor if I ignored Newark. The fact is I've spent as much time in Newark as anyone else." - Gov. Chris Christie

- PolitickerNJ

Poll

Who's right on the bail reform special session?:

Blogroll

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources