Newark Mayor’s Vote Sparks Melee in City Council Meeting

Cory Booker casts vote for Shanique Davis Speight for a vacant city council that led to a near riot, Tuesday, Novemer 20, 2012.

Newark, New Jersey is up in arms over the newest replacement on their City Council, but for reasons that may surprise you.

Corey Booker has been all over the news as Newark’s community mayor.  He is the golden guy that will come and sit with your grandmother if you need to run to work or even come help out with shoveling the snow on your block during a winter storm. So how is it that residents, political, and community activists are ready to go toe-to-toe with him over his vote for the newest city council member?

According to New Jersey’s Star-Ledger, City Hall was packed to the brim for the election of the newest city council member Tuesday when, out of nowhere, Mayor Corey Booker showed up to cast his vote because quorum or the amount of officials needed to vote was not met.

Known activists like well known poet and writer Amiri Baraka, were present with his wife, Amina Baraka, to support former mayor Sharpe James’ son, John Sharpe for the seat vacated by .  But when Booker cast his vote for Shanique Davis Speight, all hell broke loose.

Residents rushed the council stage and folks were pepper sprayed and trampled.  Residents feel that this is an underhanded move on the part of the Booker administration to block his opponent. After all Booker has done for the communities of Newark?  Wow! What’s really going on?  After he made his vote, residents stood and chanted

“Cory’s gotta go!”

Uh oh! Please don’t say we’re getting ready to see Booker’s skeleton’s fall out of the closet.  After the Elmo debacle and Twinkies leaving the shelves, I don’t know how much more we can handle.

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