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Will Newark’s new mayor ‘take back’ city but alienate investors?

By Victoria Cavaliere NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Newark’s new mayor Ras Baraka has pledged to bring New Jersey’s largest city out of a vicious cycle of poverty and crime, but critics fear he may undo the efforts of his pro-business, celebrity predecessor. Baraka, 44, targeted his “Take Back Newark”…

LGBT rights bill gains another co-sponsor as Senate vote announced for next month

Another Senator has thrown his support behind a measure that would prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) said Monday that he’s decided to co-sponsor the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, after months of lobbying and public pressure. The bill has now been co-sponsored by…

Cory Booker names Facebook executive chief of staff in Senate office

Booker names Facebook executive chief of staff in Senate office (via NJ.com) NEWARK — A Facebook executive has been named soon-to-be U.S. Senator Cory Booker’s chief of staff, the outgoing Newark mayor announced today. Louisa Terrell has been director of public policy at Facebook since late 2011. Prior to joining…

NJ Senator-elect Cory Booker: Our generation ‘has no right to indulge in cynicism’

When he is sworn in, probably later this month, Cory Booker will be only the fourth African-American elected to the U.S. Senate. But he brings his own celebrity with him, including as the subject…  …

Cory Booker wins race to fill Lautenberg’s Senate seat

Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) was elected on Wednesday night to become New Jersey’s first African-American U.S. Senate member, the Washington Post reported. The race, widely expected to go Booker’s way, was called by the Associated Press with Booker leading Republican contender Steve Lonegan 55 percent to 44 percent. By…

Despite GOP’s wishful thinking, Cory Booker is set to be the next senator from New Jersey

There seems a belief in some quarters that Republican Steve Lonegan has gained momentum against Democrat Cory Booker in the US Senate special election in New Jersey this Wednesday. Beyond the fact that a Tea Party candidate stands little chance of defeating a Democrat in a state that went for…

Republican Senate candidate in N.J. fires staffer after profane interview

If there’s still a line in political discourse, Rick Shaftan managed to cross it. After giving a profanity-riddled website interview earlier this week in which he intimated that Newark N.J. mayor Cory Booker might be gay for not coming on more strongly in a Twitter conversation with a stripper, Shaftan’s…

Cory Booker’s Republican opponent: Washington Post interview ‘helps get him the gay vote by acting ambiguous’

While New Jersey senatorial candidate Cory Booker admitted to the Washington Post that he has started dating again, his Republican opponent suggested on Tuesday that Booker was engaging in political courtship. “Maybe that helps him get the gay vote, by acting ambiguous,” Steve Lonegan told Newsmax host Steve Malzberg. “That…

Cory Booker on gay rumors: ‘I want to challenge people on their homophobia’

Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker (D) addressed what he described as questions about his sexuality in an interview with the Washington Post, saying he wanted to challenge even supporters on homophobia. “I love seeing on Twitter when someone says I’m gay, and I say, ‘So what does it matter…

In March on Washington address, Cory Booker pushes for social and economic justice

Mayor Cory Booker addressed thousands who gathered today at the National Mall to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, urging listeners to continue fighting for social and economic justice. “We in my…  …

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