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Mayor Booker Faces Concerned Residents In First Public Appearance In Weeks

By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
September 26, 2013

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Booker Addresses Crowd At First Public Appearance In Newark In Over Two Weeks

After spending some time out of town fundraising, Mayor Cory Booker was back in Newark on Wednesday and addressed concerns over the recent wave of shootings that has plagued the city.

At his first public appearance in the city in over two weeks, Mayor Booker took some heat for his absence during the recent violence. Newark resident known as the Street Counselor was one of several angry residents that made their voices heard.

“I just left a girl's funeral, 16-year-old. Just got murdered in broad daylight.”

Booker says he has increased police presence as a result of the recent violence but acknowledges more must be done.

“We’re going to keep these stepped up police patrols; as long as I’m mayor we’re going to keep adding police and do more and more to make a difference.”

Booker says one of the reasons he wants to run for U.S. Senate is that mayors across the country need help from the federal government to keep guns off the streets.

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