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Newark mayor's race: pro-Jeffries independent expenditure group slams new pro-Baraka TV ad, calls for spending records release

Newark mayor's race: pro-Jeffries independent expenditure group slams new pro-Baraka TV ad, calls for spending records release

The independent expenditure group in favor of Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries launched its third TV ad on Thursday in support of Jeffries. 

The group, known as Newark First, lashed out at the TV ad launched by the independent expenditures group in favor of Jeffries' rival, South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka, in the race to be decided on May 13, just 19 days away. 

Newark First also called on Baraka to release a full record detailing his council office’s spending, which the city and candidate have yet to make public, according to the group. 

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Newark mayor's race: judge dismisses Baraka lawsuit to remove two Jeffries allies from Essex Board of Elections

Newark mayor's race: judge dismisses Baraka lawsuit to remove two Jeffries allies from Essex Board of Elections

NEWARK - An Essex County Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka that called for the removal of two supporters of his rival, former state Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries, from the Essex County Board of Elections. 

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Fulop, without Sweeney in sight, sees parallels between his career and Newark mayor's race

Fulop, without Sweeney in sight, sees parallels between his career and Newark mayor's race

NEWARK - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop was not suited up when he strode into the breakfast held before the 77th annual New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Walk to Washington train trip at the Newark Hilton on Tuesday morning. Dressed casually, he was getting fueled up for the ultimate schmooze ride to the nation's capital. 

Fulop, a potential Democratic gubernatorial candidate, was perhaps internally cheered by the fact that his potential South Jersey rival, State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), was nowhere in sight because of what his office said were scheduling conflicts. Externally, Fulop radiated confidence as a line of politicos formed in front of him, looking for a few minutes to talk. 

Fulop took a few minutes to talk to PolitickerNJ.com about the Newark mayoral race, which pits South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka against former Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries. The Newark race reminds Fulop of his 2013 struggle to oust then-incumbent Mayor Jerramiah Healy in Jersey City. 

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Ruiz on potential future Newark mayoral bid: when the shoe fits...

Ruiz on potential future Newark mayoral bid: when the shoe fits...

NEWARK - With just three weeks left until the May 13 Newark municipal election, some might say now is not the time to take one's eyes off of the two men locked in political combat for Newark's mayoral chair - South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka and former Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries.

But as Newark's population continues shifting towards a majority Latino future, the first female, and first Latina, mayor of New Jersey's largest city waits in the wings - State Senator Teresa Ruiz (D-29). 

Several sources have told PolitickerNJ.com that the name of Ruiz, an ally of Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo and Newark Democratic power broker Steve Adubato, Sr., is being bandied about as a possible Newark mayoral candidate in 2018. She is up for re-election to the state Senate in 2015. 

According to Ruiz, the Newark mayoral candidacy shoe doesn't fit. Yet. 

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Newark mayor's race: At pre-Walk to Washington breakfast, Jeffries looks at campaign's last three weeks, outlines path to victory

Newark mayor's race: At pre-Walk to Washington breakfast, Jeffries looks at campaign's last three weeks, outlines path to victory

NEWARK - Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries worked the crowd at the breakfast before the 77th annual New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Walk to Washington train trip at the Newark Hilton on Tuesday morning. The Hilton stands a short distance away from Seton Hall University's law school, where Jeffries has worked as an associate professor. In just three weeks, Newark's voters will be his judge and jury in the May 13 municipal election. 

In an interview with PolitickerNJ.com, Jeffries presented a path to victory on Election Day that seemed to indicate a strategy that relies significantly on two of Newark's five wards. 

"Our message is resonating throughout the city. We're going to win by very large margins in the North and in the East in particular. We have clear organizational strength there," Jeffries said. "We're going to preserve our margins in other parts of the city. We're in great shape. We've just got to keep doing the work."

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Newark mayor's race: At pre-Walk to Washington breakfast, Baraka looks at campaign's last three weeks, defends brother

Newark mayor's race: At pre-Walk to Washington breakfast, Baraka looks at campaign's last three weeks, defends brother

NEWARK - Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka walked quietly into the breakfast before the 77th annual New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Walk to Washington train trip at the Newark Hilton on Tuesday morning. The moment he entered the crowded room, all eyes were on him. 

Perceived by many politicos to be the favorite over his rival, former state Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries, Baraka told PolitickerNJ.com that he was taking nothing for granted with just three weeks left before Newark's May 13 municipal election.

"I'm knocking on doors and talking to as many voters as possible down the stretch," Baraka, Newark's South Ward councilman, said. "The ground game is always the most important thing on Election Day. It's about how ready your organization is. Going negative shows people that you don't have any ideas. It just shows desperation. Those type of people, who are part of the old politics in this city, aren't going to be around very long."

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Newark mayor's race: pro-Jeffries independent expenditure group shows donations of $1.3 million, Wall Street ties in ELEC report

Newark mayor's race: pro-Jeffries independent expenditure group shows donations of $1.3 million, Wall Street ties in ELEC report

NEWARK - Newark First, the independent expenditure group that supports Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries in the run-up to the May 13 municipal election, has been on the attack lately against Jeffries' rival in the mayoral race, Ras Baraka. These attacks have centered on a critical aspect of political life: money. 

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Newark mayor's race: Jeffries, team raise more than $760K in campaign funds in last period, have less than $250K cash-on-hand

Newark mayor's race: Jeffries, team raise more than $760K in campaign funds in last period, have less than $250K cash-on-hand

NEWARK - Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries and his council slate raised more than $760,000 during the last campaign fundraising period, according to official reports.

A copy of the fundraising report submitted by the Jeffries campaign to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) for the 29-day pre-election period ending on April 11 indicates that the Jeffries Team for Newark 2014 raised more than $763,700, and more than $1,350,800 to date. Jeffries and his council candidates are trying to defeat Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka and his council slate in the May 13 municipal election. 

The most recent ELEC report indicates that the Jeffries Team for Newark 2014 has more than $247,400 cash-on-hand. 

The copy of the ELEC report shows that 3 percent of the Jeffries Team for Newark 2014 donations this period came from contributions less than $300, with almost 5 percent of the total raised cumulative contributions coming in at less than $300. 

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Newark mayor's race: Baraka, council team raise more than $500K in campaign funds in last period, have more than $400K cash-on-hand

Newark mayor's race: Baraka, council team raise more than $500K in campaign funds in last period, have more than $400K cash-on-hand

NEWARK - Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka and his council slate raised more than $500,000 during the last campaign fundraising period, according to official reports.

A copy of the fundraising report submitted by the Baraka campaign to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) for the 29-day pre-election period ending on April 11 indicates that Team Baraka 2014 raised more than $423,100, and more than $471,300 to date. The Committee to Elect Ras Baraka For Mayor raised more than $118,500 during the same period, and more than $341,400 to date. 

Combined, Baraka and his slate mates raised more than $541,600 in the most recent 29-day fundraising period in their effort to defeat Baraka's rival, former state Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries, and Jeffries' council slate in the May 13 municipal election, and more than $812,700 to date. 

Subtracting campaign expenditures from campaign receipts indicates that Team Baraka 2014 has more than $249,700 cash-on-hand, and the Committee to Elect Ras Baraka For Mayor has more than $167,600 cash-on-hand. Combined, Baraka and his council team have more than $417,300 cash-on-hand. 

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Newark mayor's race: Jersey City Mayor Fulop, a Baraka backer, endorses Ramos, Jeffries slate member

Newark mayor's race: Jersey City Mayor Fulop, a Baraka backer, endorses Ramos, Jeffries slate member

NEWARK - To the casual observer of Newark politics, the scene at Don Pepe's restaurant on Thursday night was confusing, unless one considers a force that is at times more powerful than politics: friendship.

North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos, Jr. hosted a fundraising event where more than 200 people waited to hear him speak. Ramos, an erstwhile mayoral candidate, dropped his bid to be Newark's political CEO in February. Shortly thereafter, he joined the council slate of mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries. 

But before Ramos addressed the crowd, one supporter stepped forth and stepped up to the microphone: Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop. 

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The Back Room

National progressive group backs Watson Coleman in CD12

The Progressive Democrats of America Co-Founder and National Director Tim Carpenter and State Chair Mary Ellen Marino today endorsed Bonnie Watson Coleman for the Democratic nomination in the 12thCongressional District.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 24, 2014

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Op-Ed

How the City of Paterson became a city in crisis

By HAYTHAM YOUNES As the May 13th election for Paterson officials nears, I've noticed a lot of candidates running using slogans and empty promises as if they weren't around watching Paterson get to where it's at today. I think it's important that... Read More >

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