New Jersey’s largest city sees drop in homicides
The Associated Press picks up the meme about Newark’s 40% YTD drop in homicides, and provides a national venue for Booker to respond to the Esquire piece.
While Booker and McCarthy are quick to point out that this isn’t a victory, I’m considering sending flowers to our local precinct.
“I wouldn’t call it an accomplishment,” Booker said. “Instead I’d call it an encouragement that the investments we’re making are paying off and giving us a clear vision of the work we still have to do.”
The charismatic Booker, who lives in one of the city’s highest-crime areas, has attracted attention for his hands-on approach. He regularly rides on patrols through some of Newark’s toughest neighborhoods, where he is known to conduct one-on-one curbside counseling sessions with the city’s late-night denizens.
As the city’s biggest cheerleader, Booker bristled at a recent Esquire magazine profile that he felt portrayed the city unflatteringly and compared him to the Will Smith character in “I Am Legend” who saves Manhattan from zombies.
“My objection was the portrayal of Newark as some post-apocalyptic war zone where people aren’t even human,” Booker said.