The curse of the Newark Mayor

The last seven Mayors of Newark — going back more than seventy years — were defeated in their bids for re-election. The incumbent, Sharpe James, ousted four-term incumbent Kenneth Gibson in 1986. Gibson had unseated Mayor Hugh Addonizio in 1970. Addonizio defeated Mayor Leo Carlin 1958; Carlin won in 1953 over Mayor Ralph Villani, who had won office four years earlier after upsetting Mayor Vincent Murphy. In 1941, Murphy was elected Mayor in a close race with incumbent Meyer Ellenstein, who had defeated Mayor Jerome Congleton eight years before. Congleton had become Mayor in 1928 when the incumbent, Thomas Raymond, passed away.

The curse of the Newark Mayor