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Sources: John Sharpe James considered council prez seat, as Crump hangs tough in Newark

Sources: John Sharpe James considered council prez seat, as Crump hangs tough in Newark

It so often comes down to Councilman-elect Luis Quintana, the city's acting mayor, amid rumors this afternoon that Mildred Crump may not be a done deal as Newark Council president.

But this time someone else stands at the fulcrum of power.

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Newark Runoff Elections: Quintana v. Baraka tomorrow with council control at stake

Newark Runoff Elections: Quintana v. Baraka tomorrow with council control at stake

Control of the Newark City Council hangs in the balance in Newark, where lame duck Mayor Luis Quintana is going all in behind the runoff candidacy tomorrow of incumbent Central Ward Councilman Darrin Sharif with an eye on council leadership.

That pits Quintana against the incoming mayor, Ras Baraka.

Seeking control of the city council, Mayor-elect Baraka backs the challenger to Sharif, former Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins.

Sources told PolitickerNJ that it shapes up as follows:

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Newark mayor's race: anti-Ramos, anti-Jeffries leaflet hits North Ward streets on Election Day

Newark mayor's race: anti-Ramos, anti-Jeffries leaflet hits North Ward streets on Election Day

NEWARK - A leaflet of anonymous origin is being disseminated in Newark's North Ward on Election Day slamming incumbent councilman Anibal Ramos, Jr., claiming that he "supports a racist."

The two-sided leaflet has no identification regarding its origin, its author or who paid for its production. 

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Newark mayor's race: DiVincenzo comes out for Jeffries on campaign's last day

Newark mayor's race: DiVincenzo comes out for Jeffries on campaign's last day

BELLEVILLE - The DJ at the Essex County Democratic organization combination pre-election rally and Mother's Day celebration at Nanina's in the Park in Belleville cranked out some favorite tunes for the crowd of more than 300 seniors. Listening to "Summer Wind" by Frank Sinatra, they assembled on the day before the city of Newark, just across the border, decides which man will be mayor: Ras Baraka or Shavar Jeffries. 

After seeming to stand on the sidelines for months, Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo came out publicly in strong support of Jeffries on the campaign's last day before Newark voters make their move.

"This is a very important election. I don't have a vote because I don't live in Newark, but you do and your friends do," DiVincenzo, a Newark native, said. "We need every voter to come out to support Shavar Jeffries, [North Ward councilman] Anibal Ramos here in the North Ward and Shavar's team." 

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If Baraka prevails, who will be the first to call Fulop?

If Baraka prevails, who will be the first to call Fulop?

NEWARK - Insiders wonder how long it will take two powerful on again/off again political bosses to call Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop next Tuesday if Ras Baraka defeats Shavar Jeffries - and who will execute faster with the Machiavellian aim of maintaining a leg up on future statewide domination.

Virtually alone in the upper reaches of Democratic Party power in his choice to back Baraka in the Newark mayoral election, the Hudson-bound Fulop in this campaign cycle made a play for muscle in neighboring Essex.

Conversely, the staunchest allies and operatives of powerful Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo and South Jersey Democratic Party kingpin George Norcross III both back Jeffries.

A Baraka victory would strengthen Fulop’s hand as he seeks an advantage over other players intent on succeeding Gov. Chris Christie.

Hudson and Essex together add up to 330,169 registered Democrats, more than Atlantic, Cumberland, Gloucester, Camden, Salem and Burlington combined (313,896).

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Newark mayor's race: In the North Ward, Baraka seeks last-minute surge of Latino support

Newark mayor's race: In the North Ward, Baraka seeks last-minute surge of Latino support

NEWARK - Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka, facing poll numbers that indicate rival Shavar Jeffries is gaining on him, went on the offensive on Wednesday, striking back at Jeffries and his allies in Newark's North Ward. 

Baraka has experienced an airwave bombardment from the Jeffries campaign in recent weeks. Hundreds of thousands of dollars funneled from a pro-Jeffries independent expenditure fund have financed a slew of TV commercials seeking to slay Baraka's campaign. 

But Baraka, repeatedly flashing the same V-sign used by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill during the London Blitz over seventy years ago, fired back furiously at Jeffries on the ground in a ward his opponent is expected to win. 

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What would a Jeffries loss mean for DiVincenzo?

What would a Jeffries loss mean for DiVincenzo?

NEWARK – It would be one of the most spectacular pivots in recent New Jersey political history: Essex County Executive Joe DiVIncenzo perfects his Jerry Lewis/Dean Martin stage act with Republican Chris Christie- and a year later not only scares away any Democratic Primary opposition, but secures yet another ally on the throne of Newark City Hall.

That’s what would happen if Shavar Jeffries were to win next week.

Prodding one ally after another into the arena to promote Jeffries (first mayoral candidate turned Jeffries booster Anibal Ramos, followed by U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-10) and state Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz (D-29)), DiVincenzo remains an engaged behind-the-scenes Jeffries ally.

The powerful – but dented in the aftermath of Christie’s sagging fortunes – county executive wants a win on Tuesday.

For a lot of reasons.

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Five Wards and Battleground Election Day Dynamics in Newark; sources say watch the Central

Five Wards and Battleground Election Day Dynamics in Newark; sources say watch the Central

It comes down to this in the highly anticipated Ras Baraka versus Shavar Jeffries mayoral tilt: North versus South puts the Central Ward in play – in a dramatic way.

Below find a ward by ward breakdown of Newark’s five Election Day-primed wards with seven days to go before Election Day.

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Newark mayor's race: with one week left, Baraka, Jeffries hit the streets, houses, projects and playing fields

Newark mayor's race: with one week left, Baraka, Jeffries hit the streets, houses, projects and playing fields

NEWARK - On a beautiful Saturday spring morning, the Ironbound Little League parade marched down Ferry Street all the way from Penn Station to the league's field on Chestnut Street. Shortly thereafter, two other people joined the scores of colorfully-uniformed children on the field, wearing their own more formal uniforms of campaign battle.

The two Newark mayoral candidates, South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka and former state assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries, walked on the field and engaged the baseball players, cheerleaders and parents present. They treated each other as if they were the Yankees and the Red Sox, studiously ignoring each other's existence.

At the same time, it became readily apparent after walking around Newark's neighborhoods with just about a week left before the May 13 municipal election that neither candidate is ignoring the chance for victory.

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Newark mayor's race: Jeffries slate mate Ramos questions Latino support for Baraka

Newark mayor's race: Jeffries slate mate Ramos questions Latino support for Baraka

NEWARK - The campaign of Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries criticized the endorsement on Wednesday by Hudson County Freeholder Junior Maldonado of Jeffries' mayoral race rival, Ras Baraka. 

The focus of the Jeffries campaign's critique was two-fold, centering on Maldonado's political history with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, who endorsed Baraka in February, as well as the depth of Baraka's support in Newark's growing Latino community. 

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The Back Room

Holdsworth tapped to direct statewide Democratic coordinated campaign for 2014 election cycle

TRENTON - John Currie, the New Jersey Democratic State Committee (NJDSC) Chairman, announced on Wednesday that the Democratic coordinated campaign for the November elections will begin this month and that Jennifer Holdsworth, the party's political director, has been tapped to lead the 2014 coordinated campaign effort. 

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 23rd

Between RGA gigs, Christie doesn't skip a beat bashing Trenton Dems at seaside LGI town hall LONG BEACH ISLAND – Gov. Chris Christie squeezed LBI between trips to IowaNew HampshireConnecticut and – tomorrow – Colorado – just long enough to puncture his favorite Trenton-based targets in front of a...

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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 >

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