Bad times ahead for lame duck Newark Councilmembers

Six incubent members of the Newark City Council lost their bids for re-election this year, and Democratic insiders say that Governor Jon Corzine and Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo will feel some pressure to find something for them. For Mamie Bridgeforth, Gayle Cheneyfield-Jenkins, Charles Bell, Ras Baraka , Bessie Walker, and Hector Corchado, the loss of a $64,766-a-year job (not including a nearly $20,000 annual expense account, health benefits and a car) will be a tough hit. With the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey no longer able to handle ex-Newark politicians on their payroll, and state and county political leaders anxious to work with Mayor-elect Cory Booker (who could quickly damage his reformer image by hiring his old rivals), Newark’s defeated five — especially Corchado — might not be taken care of in the tradition of other former Newark elected officials.

Bad times ahead for lame duck Newark Councilmembers