Council seat to be filled, one way or another
I disagree with Rahaman Muhammad’s implication below that a Booker opponent in the Central Ward means blood in the water for his 2010 mayoral campaign. The issues are still the issues, and while the murder rate is drops 40% year over year, the mayor will sail into another term in office.
I also wonder how much this accusation of Mayor Booker “not listening to Newarkers” actually means “not kowtowing to political establishment in Newark” — many of whom were working for an ineffective James administration before 2006. Between the mayor’s open office hours and his public relations open door policy, the accusation just doesn’t wash with me.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker has yet to decide if he will throw his support behind a candidate to fill the seat vacated by ousted Central Ward Councilwoman Dana Rone, but many in the city see the upcoming race as a midterm referendum on his administration.
“The Central Ward race will be the test of the record he has to run on and it’s clearly a test for 2010,” said Rahaman Muhammad, president of SEIU Local 617, the most politically active union in the city. “If he wins he looks strong. But if he doesn’t, the political machines will smell blood.”