Baraka to Back Murphy, Source Says

NEWARK MAYOR RAS BARAKA. He's an independent entity with a brand forged from equal parts American literature, radical activism, hip hop poetry, classic jazz, and old school Newark South Ward politics. A New Jersey original, his standing here on this list combines the power projection he has as a staunch anti-establishment player in the 2017 governor's race, with a unique offering on the intellectually lumpy lunar landscape of New Jersey politics: literacy.

NEWARK MAYOR RAS BARAKA. He’s an independent entity with a brand forged from equal parts American literature, radical activism, hip hop poetry, classic jazz, and old school Newark South Ward politics. A New Jersey original, his standing here on this list combines the power projection he has as a staunch anti-establishment player in the 2017 governor’s race, with a unique offering on the intellectually lumpy lunar landscape of New Jersey politics: literacy. Max Pizarro for Observer

That last squirming, spastic shoulder just got pinned to the mat and laid still, as Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, the son of a poet, enacted a touch of poetic touch to the gubernatorial contest and shook hands on endorsing Phil Murphy, Goldman Sachs veteran.

A source said Baraka plans to come out tomorrow for Murphy – thereby making it harder than ever for Essex, that behemoth of Democratic Party votes, to go with anyone but Murphy.

The Goldman luminary already has former Governor Dick Codey, state Senator Ronald L. Rice and others in his camp.

As first reported by PolitickerNJ, Passaic, Hudson, and Bergen will come out Thursday for Murphy.

The combination of the four northern counties all but impales Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester), whose chief ally, South Jersey Democratic power broker George Norcross III, vigorously opposed Baraka in the 2014 mayor’s race.

Baraka to Back Murphy, Source Says