Skip to comments.Newark after Booker: City faces takeover threat (NJ)
Posted on 04/05/2014 11:07:49 AM PDT by Olog-hai
New Jerseys largest city is hitting some roadblocks just months after its rising-star mayor went off to Washington. A bold reform plan for the state-run school system has hit a snag, the police department is facing federal oversight over citizen complaints, and the state is threatening a takeover of the citys finances after several key deadlines were missed.
An official who oversees city compliance with state obligations warned the City Council and the interim mayor last month about the states growing concern over Newarks extraordinary level of fiscal distress.
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Rats deserting the sinking ship.
In the national media, I have heard nothing but glowing reviews of Booker.
It is the fault of the extremist republicans who would not let the former mayor do what was good for the citizens.
Evil Vlad Putin at work? He’ll give it back.
Booker booked it out of Newark and on to Washington DC ..He said, “See ya suckers.”. lol. The people of Newark get what they deserve.
Newark has been a ‘Rat hell-hole for at least a half a century.
One of Hillary’s best VP candidates I believe.
That’s why the Wall Street Journal just did a piece in the Greater New York section on one of its most beautiful neighborhoods.
One thing about Booker - he knows how to play the white liberals for the fools that they are.
"But when Mr. Franck learned of New Community Corporation's efforts to revitalize the Central Ward, he was "absolutely floored." Among other things, the 27-year-old agency has built 3,000 units of housing, a nursing home, an elementary school,seven day-care centers and the first new shopping center in the Central Ward in 30 years. New Community receives funds from a variety of sources, including Government, foundations and corporations. The executive director, Msgr. William J. Linder, said the sculptures are the agency's first project to focus on beauty instead of practical things."
Apparently the WSJ is on a similar mission.
Like Detroit, it was actually a good place for working and middle class people to live. After about 1960 it imploded in the same way.
Well, the beautiful neighborhood described in the WSJ really exists. I grew up there.
It's amazing that those houses weren't chopped up into apartments. Taxes are low too.
Detroit has at least three broadly similar 'hoods, but they still seem to be heading downhill.
Seemed to be a good place to always have situational awareness.
This neighborhood has not gone the way of Detroit. The mansions have been divided into smaller units, for the most part, but there are still many one-family homes.
Bummer, but logical.
I can see where the 'hood could maintain sufficient demand being so close to the still crusin' economy of lower Manhattan as long as crime suppression is good.
Maybe when Sharpe James gets out of jail he can come back and really turn things around for Newark.
The entire city is now in fiscal distress. Every notable office building in the city has large amounts of office space available.
And of course, now-Senator Booker would know nothing about whatever it was that was going on in Newark all those years he was coming up through the ranks there.
Does anybody remember a fellow named Robert Torricelli? Or maybe James Traficant?
Booker was mesmerized by his cult of personality always having his eye on higher office.
He didn't even live there during much of his mayoral term.
I see him as running neck and neck with DeVal Patrick for Hillary’s VP slot.
Did Booker do it or is his replacement more incompetent?
The fink Chris Christie could have appointed a Republican to that Senate seat but instead opted for a special election in which the Corporate Media crowned the phony Booker. Christie didn’t want anything to interfere with his own reelection.
This explains why Hillary Clinton is so far ahead in the Democratic polls. Two of her potential 2016 challengers — Joe ‘’The Joker” Biden and Cory ‘’The Mayor Who Drove Newark Into Bankruptcy’’ Booker — are virtually unelectable; and electable candidates like Elizabeth Warren dare not exhibit any presidential ambitions without fear of reprisals from the Clintons.
So Hillary is not being tested at all. She will win the 2016 nomination by coronation rather than election, and then her Democratic subjects will discover they don’t like their new queen very much, for the same reason most Americans don’t like queens or any other unelected monarchs ruling over them — George III, for example.
Then the untested Queen Hillary will have to face a Republican challenger who will have been nominated through the Democratic process because of his or her relatively superior merits, energy, and vote-getting ability.
Is this what the Democrats want? Probably not, but what can they do about it? Start a Draft Wesley Clark movement? Get behind Bernie Sanders, whose Socialist ideology most Democrats share?
Remember Hillary was a lock until Jan 2008 when they rolled out Caliph Baraq.
Keep your eyes on Axlerod. Until/unless he commits to the Clinton Crime Family, all bets are off.
It’s OK. I have in-laws who still live there.
“The entire city is now in fiscal distress. Every notable office building in the city has large amounts of office space available.”
Definitely; if laying off 160 cops during a murder spree wasn’t a signal...
I remember when First Union moved their back offices out of 550 Broad Street (they used to hve the large lighted green sign atop the building); you would think they’d firebombed the city. The fact is that many employers can’t attract good workers to Newark if employment in suburbs (Parsippany, Secaucus, Rutherford, Paramus, etc.) is available.
“The fink Chris Christie could have appointed a Republican to that Senate seat but instead opted for a special election in which the Corporate Media crowned the phony Booker.”
My understanding at the time was that it was standard practice to appoint someone from the party of the missing senator to fill out the term (as the “will of the voters”); is that not true?
“In the national media, I have heard nothing but glowing reviews of Booker.”
He is a clean, articulate person that doesn;t have a negro accent unless he wants to use one; sound familiar?
Locally he was seen (by the NJ whites that pay his salary) as an improvement over his corrupt predecessor; not enough of an improvement that whites would re-settle in Newark, but the wholesale pillaging before was blatant.
...he brought to the perpetually cash-strapped city of about 277,000 residents only 10 miles from Manhattan.
$ 34 million / 277,00 residents = $122.77 per resident
Seems like a pretty easy fix...
Of course the 34 million deficit is a lie...