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What’s Next For Newark And Essex County?

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Newark, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Ras Baraka may have won the Newark mayoral election, but people throughout New Jersey are questioning who ‘really’ won. This referring to those people deeply involved in the race and the power brokers behind much of the campaigns funding.

Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James chimed in to talk about who the real winners and losers were in this latest election.

“Cory Booker lost. He left a legacy that the people rejected. They didn’t want to follow a Cory Booker 2. Cory Booker used Newark as a stepping stone, didn’t love the people, didn’t love the city, came here simply to build a resume and move on and he did,” James explained.

Many people believe that there is now a shift in power throughout the entire Garden State, but specifically Essex County. One man particularly who many feel may have lost their power is Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo.

“I think his power has waned incredibly so the last few years. You look at the last couple elections where that machine used to run all the board of election races and win. They’ve been so bad lately they don’t even run candidates. He lost yesterday, lost in a very very big way, so his star has fallen to the ground,” Senator Richard Codey said of DiVencenzo.

So while members of Newark are celebrating their new mayor, others are looking to the future to see what kind of implications this election could have on the next gubernatorial race.

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