Both sides in Newark’s mayoral race lobbed accusations of campaign finance shenanigans Tuesday as the campaign heated up a week before Election Day. A video of candidate Ras Baraka speaking to gang members also became a focus over allegations that it was derogatory toward the city’s Latino residents.
State Sen. Richard Codey and Newark Mayor Luis Quintana made a surprise visit Thursday to a Third Avenue boarding home and found rodents, the smell of urine and prescription pills laying out.
The mayor, along with law enforcement officials, announced on Tuesday that the city will hire 100 additional police officers.
The former council president was sworn in last week to fill the unexpired term of Cory Booker, who was elected to the U.S. Senate.
Booker, 44, was sworn in as a U.S. senator at noon Thursday. Vice President Joe Biden conducted the ceremony in the Old Senate Chamber.
Municipal Council President Luis Quintana is widely expected to act as interim mayor after Booker is sworn in as a U.S. senator Thursday.
Besides all the new development in Newark that left U.S. Senator-elect Cory Booker will leave behind, the city’s crime problem will also be left for others to tackle.