Politicker NJ: In Salahuddin aftermath, James targets the mayor
For all of James’s zeal, the absence of Minor in the aftermath of the Salahuddin announcement furrowed the brows of more than several Newarkers on both sides of the mayoral contest. Why wasn’t the challenger at a makeshift podium in front of City Hall demanding a mop up?
“We’re not here to go tit for tat with Booker,” said James, in defense of Minor’s strategy. “We’re not here to have press conferences and command cameras. Booker has the media locked up. We’ll let him do that. We’re not going to get attention and we’re not going to outspend him. But we had 200 people at our community meeting tonight and, yes, we talked about the indictment. We’re going to win this campaign 100% on the streets.”
In the hands of a gifted politician, the indictment of a senior City Hall official could be a major stumbling block to an incumbent’s campaign. Cliff Minor, apparently, is not that politician.
Reporting for Policker NJ, Max Pizzaro notes the unsubtle irony that the former mayor’s son is casting aspersions in the name of anti-corruption.
“It’s a night and day comparison,” added the son, when asked about Salahuddin and his father’s entanglement with the feds.