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Life In Newark After Cory Booker

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With Cory Booker vying for a Senate seat, Newark will be getting a new mayor and the people who come in to take over for Booker will have some challenges to deal with.

One big issue in Newark is education. Recently Mark Zuckerberg donated $100 million  to help the failing school systems in New Jersey’s biggest city, but a problem that remains is how exactly that money should be spent.

Aside from education there is the ongoing violence and murders that are taking place every day in Newark and the need for economic development and job creation as well.

Booker has worked closely with Gov. Chris Christie in the past to help make changes in Newark and just yesterday they attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Newark teacher village project that includes three charter schools, a daycare center, apartments and retail space which cost $150 million.

Three of Newark’s top contenders for Mayor, Anibal Ramos, Darrin Sharif and Shavar Jeffries spoke about he challenges they would face should they be elected as mayor.

Ramos described his solution to Newark’s problems. He said, “The solution to the crime problem in Newark doesn’t begin and end with the police department, I think we definitely need to establish a stronger partnership with the community. We will have to do a better job of creating jobs as a city. The thing that’s worked for us in the north ward is have a monthly roundtable where we identify crime trends and hotspots.”

However, those running against Ramos don’t necessarily agree with his outlook on fixing Newark’s problems. Jeffries said, “Unfortunately, my opponents on the city council over the last few years have voted on budgets that have led to the layoff of 170 cops. They’ve voted on budgets that have raised the people’s taxes by about 40%. They voted on budgets that cut programs, museum hours and library hours for kids.”

Jeffries goes on to discuss his qualifications and plans of action should he be elected. He said, “I’m the only one running with any law enforcement background, I was the Assistant Attorney General for the state of New Jersey, I was part of a crime plan under Governor Corzine where we reduced violent crime for three years in a row throughout the state through prevention programs and reentry, I’m going to bring that experience to the city of Newark.”

Jeffries’ experience with Newark has not always been pleasant. His mother was murdered and he said he “knows what it means to lose people to violent crime and I’m passionate about moving the city forward.”

Darrin Sharif chimed in about the importance of law enforcement and education in the town. He went on to say, “As we make these police investments we have to invest in the neighborhood, so since I’ve been on the council and in the most adverse places in my ward, the central ward, we’ve established computer labs. We are gonna have a program with Newark public schools.”

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