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Mayor Booker Says Judge's Ruling Is A Victory

By Katie Colaneri, WBGO News
Newark. December 12, 2012

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker says a judge's ruling that he did not have the authority to cast the deciding vote for an open city council seat is actually a victory.

Booker says his ultimate goal was to keep the son of former mayor Sharpe James from filling the seat vacated by now Congressman Donald Payne Jr.

Booker says: mission accomplished.

Before the ruling, the mayor told reporters his actions were in the interest of moving city business foward. He says he's not changing his tune now.

"No, no, it's not different at all. As I said there is a strong possibility it could happen that we have a deadlocked council that will grind certain business done. If it happens, i's unfortunate."

Booker is confident he and the council will be able to work together most of the time.

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