NEWARK – Mayor Cory Booker may have lost the South Ward in last week’s municipal election, but don’t expect South Ward Councilman-elect Ras Baraka to target Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer (D-Newark), according to state Sen. Ronald L. Rice (D-Newark).
“That’s not the way he operates,” Rice said of Baraka, a longtime ally.
Baraka defeated South Ward Councilman Oscar James II, a Booker ally who was supported by Spencer.
“I completely endorse Spencer’s re-election, she’s doing a bang-up job down here,” the senator said of the District 29 Assemblywoman from the South Ward.
Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker (D-Newark), a districtmate of Rice’s in the 28th, backed Baraka over James.