Newark Deaths Leave Some Questioning Mayor’s Response

Newark Mayor Cory Booker at a 2011 event. (Photo credit: David Shankbone)

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, seen here in a file photo from a 2011 event, is trying to run a Senate campaign and deal with a surge of violence that has left 10 people dead in 10 days in Newark. (Photo credit: David Shankbone)

NEWARK – A 14-year-old boy with several prior arrests for drug possession and robbery was the 10th person killed in Newark in as many days, according to a Star-Ledger report.

The boy, who was found fatally shot at 9 p.m. Wednesday night in the courtyard at Riverview Terrace, allegedly had 30 bricks of heroin and a loaded handgun in his bedroom. At least five other victims are also believed to have had drug or gang connection, according to published reports.

The recent killings bring the city’s death toll to 59 for the year. Mayor Cory Booker’s response has been to authorize an additional $1 million for police overtime, but his Senate campaign opponent does not believe he’s doing enough to fight the violence in the city he was elected to lead.

“Cory Booker has neither the experience to reduce crime nor the sensitivity to be in his own city comforting his citizens,” Republican Senate candidate Steve Lonegan said last week. Pointing to a 40 percent increase in murders between 2008 to 2011, from 67 to 94, Lonegan added, “Cory Booker cannot be allowed to do to America what he has done to Newark.”

An poll that received nearly 1,800 responses found that more than three quarters believe that Booker should suspend his Senate campaign to focus on the surge in violence in Newark.


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