Baraka critical of Booker admin. at state of south ward event

Newark South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka criticized the Booker administration tonight during his State of the South Ward speech at George Washington Carver Elementary School on a stage that included several recognizable state-level luminaries in a legislative election year.

Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, state Sen. Richard Codey (D-Roseland), Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-East Orange), state Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark), Assemblyman Tom Giblin (D-Montclair), Assemblywoman Grace Spencer (D-Newark), Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker (D-Newark), North Ward Democratic leader Steve Adubato and others attended the event.

An avid critic of the mayor’s, Baraka blasted Booker for facilitating a $500,000, California foundation-furnished grant for Global Education Advisors to complete a charter school study for the city’s schools.

“We’re not supposed to know about it,” griped the councilman, referring to the lack of transparency regarding the contract.

Baraka critical of Booker admin. at state of south ward event