Newark, New Jersey Is In the Process of Choosing a Successor to Former Mayor Cory Booker

Newark mayoral candidates Ras Baraka, left, and Shavar Jeffries
Newark mayoral candidates Ras Baraka, left, and Shavar Jeffries

Voters will decide who will lead New Jersey’s largest city after its former mayor left for the U.S. Senate — a law professor and former schools official or the son of the late militant poet Amiri Baraka.

Newark residents on Tuesday will choose between City Councilman Ras Baraka and former state Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries. The winner will take the seat held by Cory Booker, who stepped down last year after bringing a dose of celebrity to the office.

The race has featured an expensive television advertising war in recent weeks.

Baraka, 44, is the son of Amiri Baraka, the militant man of letters who extended the political debates of the civil rights era to the arts world. He has the support of the labor-connected New Jersey Working Families organization, which has paid for ads that accuse Jeffries of being a pawn of moneyed outside interests.

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Source: NBC New York

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