Booker passes on tempting fate

Newark Mayor-elect Cory Booker opted not to mess with Congressman Donald Payne in Tuesday’s primary, preferring to reserve his arsenal for next week’s City Council runoffs. Payne’s candidate for State Assembly in the 28th district, incumbent Oadline Truitt, defeated Newark Board of Education member Anton Wheeler — who supported Booker for Mayor — by a massive 81%-19% margin. Booker has forged an alliance with the veteran Congressman for the runoff; he is backing Payne’s son, Essex County Freeholder Donald Payne, Jr., for an At-Large City Council seat, and it is expected that the Payne family (which includes Assemblyman William Payne and Essex County Democratic Chairman Phil Thigpen) will help Booker capture a clear majority on the Council.

Booker passes on tempting fate