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Newark Mayoral Race Heats Up With Torched Buses, Warrants & Allegations

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Newark, New Jersey (My9NJ) - The Newark mayoral race is heating up, specifically between Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries as they face-off to see who will win the Democratic mayoral primary election.

Now allegations are being thrown around regarding a fire that torched Ras Baraka’s campaign bus back in mid-February. The bus was essentially firebombed, the inside of the bus was burned out and an investigation found that sugar was put into the gas tank. For a while nobody knew exactly what had happened or who did it.

Now the prosecutor’s office has issued an arrest warrant for Michael Benkowski, one of Shavar Jeffries former campaign workers.

In the town’s elect finance reports, there is evidence that Benkowski worked as a canvasser for Jeffries. Law enforcement officials also stopped the van that was allegedly used to bring Benkowski to the bus’s location and the vehicle was being driven by another man on Jeffries finance report, Shareef Nash.

Clearly, there have been a lot of allegations thrown around since these gentlemen both have direct links back to Baraka’s main competitor.

Councilman Baraka took the time to discuss what this means for the campaign.

“If this is the commentary on the kind of leadership that he’s going to represent us with in terms of the city, than we’re in bad shape,” he said.

Jeffries also chimed in to discuss these allegations.

“We’re a campaign of integrity, we’re a campaign of ethics and at any point in time that we find folks who act in ways that are inconsistent with our values, we’re gonna take decisive action,” he explained.

The primary election in Newark is 40 days away.

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