Minor obtains petitions for mayoral run

NEWARK – After the early afternoon hoopla from the Booker Team stampede on city hall, retired municipal judge Clifford Minor and his allies went to the clerk’s office at 3 p.m. and quietly picked up their petitions.

“Clifford Minor will be the next mayor of Newark 2010,” Minor told PolitickerNJ.com in a brief statement.

Most observers see Minor as the most serious challenger to Booker, who is seeking his second term as mayor of the county seat of Essex County.

Backed by state Sen. Ronald L. Rice (D-Newark), the ex judge and cop heads a squad of allies, including Central High School principal Ras Baraka, who’s running against South Ward Councilman Oscar James II.

Minor obtains petitions for mayoral run