George Branch dies

George Branch, a former boxer who served as a Newark City Councilman for sixteen years and then lost his Central Ward seat to Cory Booker in 1998, died yesterday in North Carolina, where he grew up as the son of sharecroppers. He was 80.

Branch was first elected to the Council in 1982, and was re-elected in 1986, 1990 and 1994. He lost to Booker by 656 votes.

George Branch dies