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U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka at a press conference in Newark on August 24, 2018 (NEW JERSEY GLOBE PHOTO)

Baraka potential unlimited, Menendez says

Senator says Newark mayor could run statewide

By David Wildstein, August 24 2018 2:23 pm

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, in Newark to announce federal grants to hire more firefighters, heaped praise on Newark mayor Ras Baraka and said he could see him as a future candidate for statewide office.

”I think the mayor’s future is unlimited,” Menendez said in response to a question about Baraka running for governor or another higher office when a spot opens up down the road. “His potential is unlimited.”

Menendez says that Newark has come a long way under Baraka’s leadership.

“You see businesses are growing.  You see parts of the city that were neglected finally having attention paid to it.  You see a commitment to public safety,” Menendez said.  “If you can succeed in the state’s largest city, you can succeed anywhere else.”

Baraka was re-elected to a second term in May with 77% of the vote — the largest percentage in the history of Newark mayoral elections.



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