Could The Newark City Council Be Heading For Even More Conflict?

By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
June 12, 2013

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Now that Mayor Booker is running for the U.S. Senate, questions are looming over the city council and the potential vacancies that a Booker victory could create.

The Newark City Council has had a history of political division and still has a vacancy following the election of council president Donald Payne Jr. to congress. Ordinarily the council president would become acting Mayor in case the mayor leaves office early. But with the council divided over who the next president should be it seems the conditions are ripe for even more political turmoil. Rutgers historian Dr. Clement Price says this is a teaching and learning moment for the council.

“They have to learn how to get along, in terms of teaching they have to teach the residents of the city especially the young residents of the city how a legislative body a body of duly elected officials behaves when the city is at a crossroads.”

Price says the council needs to hunker down and not let the political divisions and rivalry affect their ability to move the city forward.


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