Signaling a blow to Booker, Newark Council votes to defer MUA

The political agony continued this afternoon for Newark Mayor Cory Booker, whose plan to create a revenue-generating municipal utilities authority to help bail out the city’s flailing finances came up against the hard eged of a disapproving council.

A majority of the nine-member governing body shot down the mayor’s proposal, with Council President Donald Payne, Jr., At-Large Councilman Luis Quintana, At-Large Councilwoman Mildred Crump, Central Ward Councilman Darrin Sharif and South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka all voting no.

The local vote clashed with the 5-0 approval registered yesterday by the State Local Finance Board, which is overseen by the state Department of Community Affairs.   

Signaling a blow to Booker, Newark Council votes to defer MUA