TRENTON – The city of Newark issued a response this afternoon to accusations from the ACLU of New Jersey and a Newark parents’ group. The groups have concerns over the use of personal emails by city officials, including Mayor Cory Booker, possibly to communicate about the schools funding pledge. The groups filed a complaint seeking the communications, but their requests for disclosure of the emails were challenged by the city on the grounds that those communications were not part of official business.
“The City of Newark believes that the Complaint filed on behalf of the Secondary Parent’s Council and Laura Baker is without merit,” said city spokesperson Esmeralda Diaz Cameron. “As such, the City of Newark filed a motion seeking to dismiss the Plaintiffs’ Complaint.”
Cameron said the city is “disappointed by the mischaracterizations set forth in the ACLU’s (press release),” but gave no further detail as to the exact discrepancies proffered. “(The city) declines to comment further as the matter is currently in litigation.”