“Believe in me; believe in us,” was his hopeful campaign message five years ago when he first ran for mayor of Newark.
But it was Cory Booker’s success at turning that inspiration into effective governance in New Jersey that led last week to his reelection for a second term. The young and optimistic African-American had plenty to boast about.
Newark’s Star-Ledger newspaper wrote in their endorsement: “Under Booker, gun violence in Newark has been cut in half. The city payroll has shrunk by 17 percent. New parks have sprouted up across the city. The Housing Authority has been brought back from the dead, and the pace of new construction of affordable housing has picked up. New programs have helped hundreds of released prisoners find jobs, arranged financing for small businesses and helped families combat foreclosure. The list of innovative programs goes on.”
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