Cory Booker is done with Newark as now he realizes he can't fix Newark as he announced he won't be up for relection.
"Making it then known in early July that he would not run again for mayor, was a major blunder, according to political analysts."
Newark's budget woes, MUA failure cause swift deterioration of relationship between Booker, council | NJ.com
The truth is Newark is financially ruined unless someone bails them out which isnt going to happen in this economy. Newark has to layoff close to 1,300 in order to regain balance. But who in Newark has the political will to conquer an obviously bloated bureaucracy? No one...not just Booker, the council as well including the newbies in Who Say II and Shariff.
Put it this way, with JC's 2,500 municipal employees they also have a STRONG upper-class and financial sector and very strong commercial arteries. In other words, their government is sustainable. Our's isn't. The time to seek balance is now.
What was also interesting about this article was the fact that Booker ruins his own credibility by constantly changing his message on the deficit and the potential tax raise. Payne makes a point that the tax hike went from 37% to 25% to 20% and if he hangs on it might be down to 17%. J. Sharpe made that point two weeks ago when he noted that Booker's structural deficit went from 70 million to 180M to 110M to 100M and who knows what else.
But again, I just want to get back on message. This isn't just bad politics this is POOR PUBLIC POLICY. There is a difference. The MUA doesn't solve either problem - which are Newark's broken government and water system. BTW, the article next to it that talked more about the policy was also just as troubling for Booker.
Finally, it's time to re-engage the big picture for a sustainable future. And the following metrics should be worked on over the next 15 years.
1) Gain more than 30,000 residents in families with incomes greater than $100G
2) Off load at least 30,000 in low-income residents
3) Add 20,000 to 30,000 jobs in all ranges
4) Destroy and rebuild all grossly underperforming commercial arteries.
5) Knock of Macy's (and the adjacent blocks on both sides) and re-build the downtown district
To bad none of this will happen as thugs run the city council and block any attempts at reform or fixing the problems. With Booker gone the James cronies will be back and Newark will be back to the crapper like before. The next candidate John James runs around with a "Booker is a snitch" shirt but at the same time has no ideas on how to fix the problems of Newark.