NEWARK – The North Ward activates early, with three converging forces dominant on the street: Mayor Cory Booker, Councilman Anibal Ramos, Jr., and North Ward Democratic leader Steve Adubato.
Booker challanger Clifford Minor votes at the Robert Treat Academy at 9:30 a.m., then beelines up Bloomfield Avenue to his North Ward headquarters.
“Cliff’s a nice guy,” says a North Ward operator. “He’s gonna get crushed today.”
Moments later, Adubato emerges from Robert Treat with State Democratic Party Chairman John Wisniewski.
“Who’s going to win the mayor’s race?” Wisniewski’s asked.
He drapes his arms around Adubato, whose leading political acolyte – Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo – last month took a good-natured Democratic Party hammering when said he agrees with Republican Gov. Chris Christie 95% of the time.
There’s still love in the Democratic Party.
Over his shoulder as he deprts in a sedan with the North Ward pwer broker, Wisniewski says, “Booker” to the repeated question.
Simultaneously, Booker ice cream trucks trolley up and down Mount Prospect and Clifton as part of their GOTV route on streets that a couple of weeks ago looked comparatively like a political lunar landscape.