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Newark after Booker: City faces takeover threat (NJ)
Associated Press ^ | Apr 5, 2014 11:59 AM EDT | Samantha Henry

Posted on 04/05/2014 11:07:49 AM PDT by Olog-hai

New Jersey’s 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 city’s 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 state’s growing concern over Newark’s “extraordinary level of fiscal distress.” …

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: bankruptcy; coreybooker; newark; ratropolis; statetakeover

1 posted on 04/05/2014 11:07:49 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Rats deserting the sinking ship.


2 posted on 04/05/2014 11:10:44 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: Olog-hai

In the national media, I have heard nothing but glowing reviews of Booker.

Go figure.


3 posted on 04/05/2014 11:11:04 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Olog-hai

It is the fault of the extremist republicans who would not let the former mayor do what was good for the citizens.


4 posted on 04/05/2014 11:11:26 AM PDT by HChampagne
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To: Olog-hai

Evil Vlad Putin at work? He’ll give it back.


5 posted on 04/05/2014 11:11:51 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Redneck. Race: Daytona 500)
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To: Olog-hai
another RATropolis circling the drain...
6 posted on 04/05/2014 11:14:43 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Olog-hai

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.


7 posted on 04/05/2014 11:20:45 AM PDT by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: Olog-hai

Newark has been a ‘Rat hell-hole for at least a half a century.


8 posted on 04/05/2014 11:25:55 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Olog-hai

One of Hillary’s best VP candidates I believe.


9 posted on 04/05/2014 11:28:18 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Paladin2

That’s why the Wall Street Journal just did a piece in the Greater New York section on one of its most beautiful neighborhoods.


10 posted on 04/05/2014 11:32:50 AM PDT by firebrand
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To: Olog-hai

One thing about Booker - he knows how to play the white liberals for the fools that they are.


11 posted on 04/05/2014 11:35:06 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: firebrand
Here's a NYT article quote from what appears to be a NYT initiative to talk up NYC's 'hoods.

"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.

12 posted on 04/05/2014 11:44:20 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

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.


13 posted on 04/05/2014 11:52:20 AM PDT by Catmom (We're all gonna get the punishment only some of us deserve.)
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To: Paladin2

Well, the beautiful neighborhood described in the WSJ really exists. I grew up there.


14 posted on 04/05/2014 11:53:46 AM PDT by firebrand
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To: Olog-hai
Newark after Booker Is the say while Booker was in charge. So we are being told he saved the world and now it's gone to sh##. This rat darling is cool young handsome and of coarse black so he's a shoo in, don't ask if he's qualified that would be insulting, don't ask about his record or experience that would be insulting all you have to know is he is an activist for the people, a fighter for the poor and a nice guy who cares about the “middle class”
15 posted on 04/05/2014 11:54:29 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (Im missing a jumbo jet with 235 passengers has anyone seen it?)
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To: firebrand
I read the article.

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.

16 posted on 04/05/2014 11:57:05 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Catmom
I had a frat bro who's fam lived there in the 60's.

Seemed to be a good place to always have situational awareness.

17 posted on 04/05/2014 11:59:24 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

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.


18 posted on 04/05/2014 12:04:06 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: firebrand
"The mansions have been divided into smaller units, for the most part,"

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.

19 posted on 04/05/2014 12:09:06 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Olog-hai

Maybe when Sharpe James gets out of jail he can come back and really turn things around for Newark.


20 posted on 04/05/2014 12:27:13 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Olog-hai

The entire city is now in fiscal distress. Every notable office building in the city has large amounts of office space available.
http://www.loopnet.com/New-Jersey/Newark_Office-Space-For-Lease/


21 posted on 04/05/2014 12:27:44 PM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: firebrand
When I was going to school in Newark, every day I would drive down High Street the Hood on MLK and pass the old Ballantine Mansion... all boarded up... just like Detroit. I could only imagine what that neighborhood once was... all lovely brick mansions owned by wealthy brewer and industrialist families. Now it's all Trayvons jaywalking right in front of you like you are not there... smoking a blunt with a 40 of Olde English 800 in hand screaming obscenities at the ghetto rat's down the street as he shuffles off to service one of his 5 baby mammas... or trade in EBT card funds for instant lottery tickets and grape-flavored blunt wrappers.
22 posted on 04/05/2014 12:38:10 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: lacrew

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?


23 posted on 04/05/2014 12:49:52 PM PDT by alloysteel (Selective and willful ignorance spells doom, to both victim and perpetrator - mostly the perp.)
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To: Olog-hai
Growing up in Jersey City I saw the steady decline of Newark starting with the riots in the 60's.

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.

24 posted on 04/05/2014 1:18:13 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: Focault's Pendulum

I see him as running neck and neck with DeVal Patrick for Hillary’s VP slot.


25 posted on 04/05/2014 1:21:14 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: lacrew; All

Did Booker do it or is his replacement more incompetent?


26 posted on 04/05/2014 1:38:11 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: Olog-hai

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.


27 posted on 04/05/2014 1:52:31 PM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: Olog-hai

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?


28 posted on 04/05/2014 1:53:21 PM PDT by Bluestocking
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To: Bluestocking

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.


29 posted on 04/05/2014 1:55:15 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Paladin2

It’s OK. I have in-laws who still live there.


30 posted on 04/05/2014 8:40:34 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: JerseyHighlander

“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.


31 posted on 04/06/2014 5:21:07 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Count of Monte Fisto

“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?


32 posted on 04/06/2014 5:23:34 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: lacrew

“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.


33 posted on 04/06/2014 5:26:18 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Olog-hai
And officials haven't addressed how they plan to tackle a $34 million budget gap for 2014, a deficit that could grow.

...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...

34 posted on 04/06/2014 5:41:52 AM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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