Booker at the midway point
I suspected before, but after reading Max Pizarro’s excellent spin-down of Mayor Booker’s trounced local elections, I’m convinced: Booker has little interest in the tumult over local district seats.
A minority in the districts won’t hold up the mayor’s agenda in the council (I mean, seriously? Who’s going to vote against new parks?). Nor will it cut into his re-election chances in 2010.
After his loss on Monday night, the last one of this cycle to draw his record to 0-3 in ward fights, Mayor Cory Booker walked outside in the Central Ward and was swarmed instantly by children.
“Mayor Booker!” they shouted. “Mayor Booker!”
They wanted to play in the middle of the heat wave that caused several power outages in the city on Monday, and Booker indulged them, even as his detractors seethed.“He just got his butt kicked and he’s outside playing Simon Says,” said a Newark operative.
At the end of it, there was no public hand-wringing from the mayor, who smiled and shook hands Monday in the Central Ward’s Newark Community Center after the vote was tallied, and not in Jermaine James’s favor.
“As long as crime is down, it’s a good day,” he said.