Baraka campaign bus torched in Newark
By Mark Bonamo | February 16th, 2014 - 11:28am
| More

NEWARK - Days after the Newark mayoral race became a two-man campaign, one candidate's preferred mode of transportation was set on fire next to his Central Ward campaign headquarters.

According to a press release from the campaign of South Ward Councilman and Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka, the red-white-and-blue Baraka campaign bus was torched early Sunday morning.

"The popular campaign bus that prominently featured Ras J. Baraka's image and campaign slogan "Believe in Newark" was vandalized and set on fire early Sunday morning," the prepared statement read.

According to Capt. John Brown, spokesperson for the Newark Fire Department, the city fire department responded to a 7:01 a.m. phone call about a "small fire" at 421 Central Avenue. The fire was found centered on a seat inside the Baraka campaign bus.

The cause of the fire is presently undetermined. The Newark Fire Department's Arson Squad and the Essex County Prosecutor's Office are on the scene investigating the incident, Brown said.

The incident occurred days after both North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos, Jr. and Central Ward Councilman Darrin Sharif abandoned their mayoral campaigns on Wednesday. The sole major candidate left to take on Baraka is former state Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries.

The bus was seen earlier this month prominently parked on Broad Street in front of Newark City Hall transporting Baraka supporters when the Baraka campaign delivered approximately 11,000 ballot petitions for their candidate.

The campaign of Jeffries, a South Ward resident, offered a statement about the incident on Sunday.

"This is terrible. We do not condone this type of alleged behavior and hope that anyone involved in this potential arson is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We are grateful that no one was hurt or injured," the Jeffries campaign statement read. "Several months ago, we issued a statement called O.N.E. (Opponents Not Enemies) and urged the other campaigns to join us in pledging to run a safe and clean campaign. As we get closer to election day, I am again calling on everyone to run a respectful and civil election that all Newark
residents can be proud of."

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 24th

  Of friends, enemies, transactions and transportation: the evolving political relationship of Bob Menendez and Steve Fulop The image yesterday in Washington D.C. of powerful U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) walking the hallways with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop sent a signal of Menendez’s willingness to get behind...

Op-Ed

Legislation needed to restore balance in election financing

By JEFF BRINDLE Much has been written about the magnitude of campaign spending by independent special interest groups.  But until now, there has been little discussion about the impact. During the 2012 Presidential and Congressional contests,... Read More >

Contributors

 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »
(7-23-14) Rabner Opinion Keeps “Christie for President” Alive - Gov. Chris Christie’s fight to prevent same-sex marriage in New Jersey ended with Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.... 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

"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

- Star-Ledger

Poll

Which contest are you most focused on this coming season?:

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