Clifford Minor, a former Essex County Prosecutor who challenged Cory Booker in the 2010 Newark mayoral race, died on November 17. He was 78.
Minor began his career as a Newark police officer, rising to the rank of detective. He went to law school at night and practiced full-time after retiring from the police department.
In 1979, Minor challenged Essex County Sheriff John F. Cryan in the Democratic primary, but lost badly.
Minor was appointed presiding judge of the Newark Municipal Court by newly-elected Mayor Sharpe James in 1986.
In 1992, at the urging of James and then-Essex County Executive Thomas D’Alessio, Gov. Jim Florio nominated Minor to serve as the Essex County Prosecutor.
He served as prosecutor until 1997, when Gov. Christine Todd Whitman replaced him with Patricia Hurt. Minor returned to a private law practice.
Booker defeated Minor in the 2010 mayoral race by a wide margin, 59% to 35%, a 9,175-vote plurality in a four candidate field.