Yvonne Garrett Moore

The Newark Mayor's Debate

The Newark Mayor's Debate
From left: Mirna White, Clifford Minor, Cory Booker, and Yvonne Garrett Moore

NEWARK - A lone televised encounter between Mayor Cory Booker and challenger Clifford Minor almost turns into an invisible event as no memorable moment sparks exchanges diffused by the presence of four candidates.

The rivals mingle in the television studio here at Cablevision headquarters in downtown Newark for the debate co-sponsored by the network and WBGO among Booker and Minor, Yvonne Garrett Moore and Mirna White.

There's no big drumroll for Minor versus Booker as White, and especially Moore, prove equal air time interlocutors, thereby weakening Minor's ability to dig in toe to toe with an incumbent who to this point has essentially ignored him.

Pre-live show, Minor sits in a chair in the sound proof room when Booker arrives with campaign manager Pablo Fonseca.

"Hey, Cliff, how are you doing, buddy?" asks Fonseca.

Last week, Minor told reporters that the campaign manager and former Booker chief-of-staff is a danger to Newark.

Cordiality abides here.

Now the two principals grasp hands and embrace as clumps of media types flash bulb them at close range.

Booker jumps into a barbershop chair and a makeup artist goes to work on him.

Smiling, fresh, he appears changed from earlier in the day at NJ-PAC when, surrounded by a half a dozen nibbling newsmen, he provided a rare glimpse of frayed nerves, rebuking the press corps for trying to pit him against Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"And here was Christie — a tell-it-like-it-is, straight-talking, no-nonsense Jersey guy — telling about 60 members of the media what he really thought. 'Governor Branstad is a role model for me,' Christie gushed, referring to his 67-year-old counterpart from Iowa."

- The New York Times


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