Interesting opinion piece on how Port Newark might affect Newark’s economic future. Booker has stated in several venues that he sees the port as an underutilized asset in Newark’s development. Sharif points out that it will take careful attention to bring the port out from under the control of an opaque bureaucracy.
Port Newark is the city’s most significant asset and Newarkers know little or nothing of its potential. Most have not even seen it up close. Its inner workings are cloaked in plain sight. As a result it is being largely mismanaged.
Over the next ten years Port Newark will grow dramatically with or without the help or direction of Newark residents and leaders. It is so large, rich and important to commerce in our region that development will be driven by growth, which is running on automatic. But that development might not be smart or best for Newark and its residents.