A proud political family with deep roots in Newark, the Paynes pushed their way to the top of city politics in the 1980s when the late Donald Payne retired Peter Rodino and the elder Payne became the first African-American congressman in the state.
He was also the only African-American congressman in the state’s history until his son succeeded him.
The name Payne means something in the city, and where U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10) goes in the mayor’s race has significance.
The battle lines are hardening around the peace-seeking Payne, who late last year told PolitickerNJ that he expects to remain neutral.
With the announcement last week of Anibal Ramos’ bow-out, the driving political organization in the county that helped Payne shut down his 2012 Democratic Primary opposition appears to be building toward support for former state Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries.Read More >
NEWARK - Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka reacted to an apparent attempt on Sunday to set his red-white-and-blue campaign bus on fire.
"I don't know who did it, or why," said Baraka, the South Ward councilman. "It's silly - it's not going to stop us from doing anything. All it's going to stop us is from is being on the bus."
According to a Newark Fire Department spokesperson, the city fire department responded to a 7:01 a.m. phone call on Sunday about a "small fire" at 421 Central Avenue, next to Baraka's Central Ward campaign headquarters. The fire was found centered on a seat inside the Baraka campaign bus.
State Sen. Ronald Rice (D-28) backs Ras Baraka for mayor of Newark, only even more so now that Anibal Ramos – ally of Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo – threw his weight behind Shavar Jeffries.
“I told them a long time ago that Shavar would be the back-up candidate for Anibal,” said Rice, referring to the former state Assistant General who last week pocketed the endorsement of Ramos as a Ramos bowed out of the contest.
Rice said Ramos and DiVincenzo can try to downplay Ramos’ connection to the county, but Ramos works for the county, and whatever the executive has carved out in the way of countywide support won’t translate to Newark.Read 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.
NEWARK - The last few days of the shifting Newark mayoral race could leave a casual observer to wonder if they are standing on Newark's Broad Street or Trenton's State Street.
While events have conspired to whittle the race down to two candidates, several notable New Jersey politicians and power brokers who have either been governor, run for governor, want to be governor or who help to install governors have swarmed to the Newark race. The atmosphere could resemble a Cold War geopolitical chess game to some, with the fate of the state's largest city at stake.
On Wednesday, both North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos, Jr. and Central Ward Councilman Darrin Sharif dropped out of the race, with South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka and former state Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries left to battle for Newark's top political spot.
But shortly before these developments, the Newark landscape was being shaped by those who like to dig in the Garden State's political dirt.
There is considerable speculation tonight about the impact of Newark North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos’ decision on Jersey City Councilman Steven Fulop, a possible statewide contender for governor.
Fulop was once one third of a rising star political triumvirate that included Roselle Mayor Jamel Holley and Ramos.
Holley won his own contest in Roselle two years ago, followed by Fulop’s victory in Jersey City last year. But now apparently Ramos will not be the next mayor of Newark, according to sources, who told Mark Bonamo that the North Ward Councilman will drop out of the mayor’s race to endorse former state Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries.
Partly at work in Ramos’ decision is the political calculation of powerful Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, who does not want to see the empowerment in Newark of South Ward Councilman and resident anti-establishment presence Ras Baraka.Read More >
The news this evening out of Newark first reported by PolitickerNJ’s Mark Bonamo sent a shock wave through the ranks of political players in Essex County sizing up the new dimensions of a rivalry that starts with the mayor’s race but may boomerang on the county executive contest a month later.
How crazy will this get is a question on the minds of political insiders tonight.
Sources say Newark North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos intends to drop out of the mayor’s contest tomorrow to back former Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries.
Energized by Ramos and those establishment Democrats in Ramos’ corner, Jeffries hopes to then focus his attention on defeating South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka, the frontrunner in the mayor’s contest, according to street polls.Read More >
Anibal Ramos plans to exit the Newark Mayor's race this week, sources tell PolitickerNJ.
The North Ward Councilman will run for re-election to the city council instead of pursuing a mayoral run in this year's May nonpartisan election.
For weeks, establishment Democrats have pressed Ramos to exit the contest to support former Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries against South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka.
Ramos Campaign spokesman Bruno Tedeschi said there will be a 11 a.m. press conference on Wednesday at the Robert Treat Hotel.Read More >
NEWARK - The four men who aspire to power in Newark sat before a room of powerful people at PSE&G on Monday when a member of the crowd asked a question about the issue that will play a large role in deciding the May election.
Josh Weston, the honorary chairman of Automatic Data Processing (ADP), commented on the state of education for Newark's children to the four Brick City mayoral candidates at a forum sponsored by PSE&G and public relations firm Zinn Graves & Field.
Weston referred to what he saw as the "two educations in Newark" - the public school and charter school systems, asking the candidates how would they improve the former and would they expand the latter.
NEWARK -- Newark mayoral candidate Anibal Ramos, Jr. ventured outside of his native North Ward to distribute more than 4,000 turkeys throughout the city this weekend in a display of both holiday spirit and organizational strength.
Ramos' venture into classic urban New Jersey poultry politics might have paled in comparison to the effort of Hudson County's machine mastermind, state Senator and Union City Mayor Brian Stack (D - 33), who handed out more than 17,000 turkeys this weekend, according to PolitickerNJ.com.
But Ramos' effort comes at a time when some of his allies anonymously noted their doubts about what they called a troubled campaign during last week's New Jersey League of Municipalities conference in Atlantic City. A perceived lack of aggression in the face of strong challenges from South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka and former state Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries disturbed these friends. Ramos' associates also wondered if a reported shift to Team Jeffries by Bill Payne, deputy chief of staff to County Executive Joe DiVincenzo and nephew of U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-10), as well as perhaps former Newark Mayor Sharpe James, would leave their candidate looking like an exposed, plucked bird in the run-up to the May 2014 election.Read More >
Mocked by Bridget Ann Kelly and David Wildstein last year in a text message exchange, Democratic Party/Latino activist Cid Wilson is now the butt of a joke on the Conan Show.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
Bridget Anne Kelly’s attorney says lawmakers rushed to judgement An attorney for former top Gov. Chris Christie administration official Bridget Anne Kelly filed paperwork arguing his client shouldn’t have to comply with a legislative subpoena. The documents, filed by Kelly attorney Michael Critchley, argues lawmakers rushed to judgment...
By Suzanne M. Walters When unions representing local police and firefighters cannot agree to new contract terms with local governments, State law mandates that the parties submit to binding arbitration. A third-party referee, then, sets the... Read More >
"I can talk to folks on the corner, and I can talk to people in the boardroom." - Newark Mayoral candidate Ras Baraka- PolitickerNJ.com
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