Darrin Sharif

Newark Runoff Elections: Big night for Baraka

Newark Runoff Elections: Big night for Baraka

Tonight proved a big night for Newark Mayor-elect Ras Baraka, who will take office with five of nine city council seats in his corner.

Convincing victories by Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins in the Central Ward and Joseph MacCallum in the West Ward added to Baraka’s three other city council allies who won on May 13th, giving Baraka his coveted majority.

Baraka’s brother, Amiri Baraka, Jr., played a vital role in ensuring Chaneyfield-Jenkins’ win over incumbent Councilman Darrin Sharif.

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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 council runoff races: Central Ward Councilman Sharif challenges Chaneyfield Jenkins to debate, calls out Baraka

Newark council runoff races: Central Ward Councilman Sharif challenges Chaneyfield Jenkins to debate, calls out Baraka

NEWARK - Newark Central Ward Councilman Darrin Sharif rhetorically teed off on his June 10 council election runoff rival, former city councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins, on Wednesday, demanding a debate and calling her out on her previous public service record.

"I am very disturbed that in this runoff there will be no debate between me and Ms. Chaneyfield," said Sharif, sitting in his City Hall office. "Constituents are coming up to me and saying that this is unfair. Our residents want to see us face off against each other."

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Baraka stands by Newark council team members going into June runoff

Newark Mayor-Elect Ras Baraka still stands behind the two members of his council slate who face runoff elections in June, according to his mayoral campaign spokeswoman. 

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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 2014 Election: website appears attacking Baraka slate Central Ward candidate

Newark 2014 Election: website appears attacking Baraka slate Central Ward candidate

NEWARK - One of Newark's more infamous political traditions, known as "midnight mail," always visibly revives in the weeks before any significant election.

It is apparent that in at least in one instance, the kind of anonymous, unattributed pamphleteering, common to Newarkers during contentious mayoral and council races, has entered the digital age.

An anonymous website that questions the qualifications and ethics of the Central Ward candidate on Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka's slate has appeared, the ward that often has the votes that decide Newark citywide elections.

The website, named "Tell the Truth Gayle", assails the former city councilwoman on a variety of issues, including questions about a reportedly taxpayer-funded junket made by Chaneyfield Jenkins and her staff to Ghana as well as her contribution to thousands of dollars spent by City Council members on meals. 

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Baraka on Newark campaign bus burning: "I don't know who did it"

Baraka on Newark campaign bus burning: "I don't know who did it"

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.

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Baraka campaign bus torched in Newark

Baraka campaign bus torched in Newark

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.

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Newark mayoral race becoming proxy potential gubernatorial contest

Newark mayoral race becoming proxy potential gubernatorial contest

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.

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Sharif says he will vote no tomorrow on MUA

Sharif says he will vote no tomorrow on MUA

The victor this year in a Central Ward war of attrition, Councilman Darrin Sharif says he still cannot support the municipal utilities authority (MUA) championed by Mayor Cory Booker.

"It's a sad thing," Sharif told PolitickerNJ.com. "I'm not going to vote for it. I wanted to let the hearings run their course. I have, and I'm not going to vote for it."

Like fellow no vote Council President Donald Payne, Sharif said he does not believe Booker has the requisite votes on the nine-person council to pass the MUA, which would generate money to plug a $70 million budget hole and avoid what the mayor estimates would be a 37% tax increase.

A former chief-of-staff of Booker's and son of onetime inner circle mayoral ally Carl Sharif, Sharif ran an aggressive campaign against foe turned mayoral ally Charles Bell in May - forcing a June run-off that Sharif narrowly won. 

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: August 29th

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"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi

- The Daily Beast

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