Monday, June 10, 2013
Newark mayor benefits from name-recognition, Rutgers-Eagleton survey finds.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s high public profile appears to have contributed to a strong lead over his rivals for U.S. Senate, according to a Rutgers University -Eagleton poll released Monday. Booker announced Saturday he seeks to fill the unexpired term of Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died last week. Gov.Chris Christie called for a primary election Aug. 13 to be followed by a general election Oct. 16. The current Senate term expires in January 2015. Booker will run in the primary against Sheila Oliver, an Essex County Democrat and Speaker of the state Assembly, as well as two members of Congress, Rush Holt and Frank Pallone. Oliver, who filed her candidacy shortly before the deadline Monday, was not included in the polling. The …
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Announcement that he is pursuing Lautenberg's Senate seat came late Saturday morning.
Cory Booker officially announced his candidacy Saturday for New Jersey’s United States Senator. The Newark Mayor will run for the seat left open by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg in the special election called by Governor Chris Christie in October. Former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley introduced and endorsed Booker at the headquarters of Audible.com in Newark. For months, Booker had been preparing to seek U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s seat in 2014. However, Lautenberg's death this week prompted Christie to call for an Aug. 13 primary and an Oct. 16 election for the remainder of the term, which expires at the end of 2014. The winner of the October election can also run for a full six-year term next year. In his announcement speech, Booker …
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Gov. Chris Christie has 30 days to announce an appointment, but conflicting state laws could have an election this November or November 2014.
The death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) leaves an open spot in the U.S. Senate, a seat Gov. Chris Christie will appoint a candidate for in the interim. However, when candidates face the voters is not yet known. The U.S. Constitution affords Christie (R) the power to appoint a replacement within the next 30 days, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Christie can appoint either a Democrat or a Republican. New Jersey Office of Legislative Services (OLS) Public Information Office Assistant Director David Inverso said two state statutes offer guidance on when appointments and special elections may occur following a vacancy. These statutes are somewhat in conflict, however. One state statute calls for an election this …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Cory Booker says community collaboration is the secret to Newark's progress, in this series sponsored by Grape-Nuts.
About this sponsorship: In honor of the 60th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary’s historic ascent of Mount Everest, Patch and Grape-Nuts are teaming up to highlight those who inspire people around them to climb their own mountains. As the mayor of Newark, New Jersey’s largest city, Cory Booker says he understands the importance of leadership. But he especially acknowledges the importance of inspiring and engaging local leaders to assist in achieving community goals. Q. PATCH: What is the biggest challenge you’ve taken on? A. BOOKER: Leading Newark is the greatest challenge of my life, but it’s not a policy challenge. I’m proud we’ve notched victories — fought to improve education, create jobs and cut crime. But the challenge has been the…
Monday, April 1, 2013
Novelist Philip Roth receives key to the city
Novelist Philip Roth, a Weequahic native whose novels were often set or centered in the neighborhood when it was a Jewish enclave decades ago, received the key to the city March 27 during a ceremony at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Nj.com reported. “I have one question. Where is the lock? Where do I put it?” said Roth, who turned 80 March 19. His birthday was celebrated here with a party at the Newark Museum and the debut of a photo exhibit of his life at the main branch of the Newark Public Library on Washington Street. About 280 people, including Mayor Cory Booker and former Gov. Brendan Byrne, attended the event.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Churches in Newark, Montclair were among collection points for 1,770 firearms
A gun buyback program held at churches in Newark, Montclair and other communities this past weekend was the largest of its kind ever held in Essex County, netting 1,770 firearms ranging from a one-shooter to high-capacity assault weapons, state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa said during a press conference in Newark Tuesday. “By any measure this buyback was a success and another step forward in our continuing effort to make New Jersey safer by taking deadly weapons out of circulation,” said Chiesa, who was flanked by clergy members, law enforcement and mayors from East Orange, Irvington, Orange, Montclair and Newark. The buyback program allowed gun owners to turn in up three guns each and to receive as much as $250 per weapon, no questions…
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Booker to HuffPo Live: "When I go out and campaign next year for myself as a gubernatorial candidate or for another gubernatorial candidate should I decide not to run..."
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
New restaurant specializes in the ultimate comfort food – macaroni and cheese – with a twist
Halsey Street in Newark has made way for Elbow Room, a restaurant that got its start in comfort food concoctions right across the Hudson River. The casual corner joint, near Bleeker Street, recreates down-home macaroni and cheese using kicked-up flavors, like fiery buffalo chicken macaroni with Black River blue cheese and Frank's hot sauce, and heart-stopping poutine mac with short rib gravy, Yukon french fries and fresh cheese curds. Restaurateur Joel Bolden celebrated Tuesday the grand opening of Elbow Room's second location in Newark, after opening the first at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn. "I wanted to be at the forefront of the Newark food renaissance," said Bolden of opening a location in Brick City. "I love the history of the…
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Newark mayor tops among potential Democratic challengers
- Paul Milo
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
A new poll reveals Cory Booker’s chances in a race against Gov. Chris Christie would be none too shabby. Running a close second in the polling is another Essex Democrat, state Sen. Dick Codey. Quinnipiac University today released a poll showing that of four potential Democratic challengers, the mayor of the state’s largest city would do the best against the tough-talking governor in a gubernatorial race. Christie’s four-year term expires next year. Booker received support from 42 percent of those polled, versus Christie’s 46 percent, a fairly narrow margin for the incumbent governor. Booker polled particularly well among the college-educated and city dwellers, while Christie is especially popular with men and suburbanites. Overall, …
Friday, August 24, 2012
Newark mayor says he is meeting with Democratic county chairs on Obama's behalf
Friday, August 24, 2012
Cory Booker is eyeing a run for New Jersey governor in 2013, according to reports. The Newark mayor and his political consultant Mark Matzen have reportedly been meeting with state Democratic county chairs to discuss challenging Republican Gov. Chris Christie, according to PolitickerNJ. Some see Booker as the best candidate to run against Christie, the publication also reported. "He’s the most viable candidate who comes to mind at this moment," said Charlotte DeFilippo, chair of the Union County Democratic Committee, PolitickerNJ reported. Booker, who has been traveling the country in recent months to stump for President Barack Obama with whom he's been closely tied to since 2007, deferred questions about a possible gubernatorial run last …