NEWARK – The ward captains filed in and assumed their seats in the Flamboyan, where at the front of the room on a raised platform sat state Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz (D-29), Essex County political operative Phil Alagia and North Ward Democratic leader Steve Adubato.
It was the late afternoon break out meeting, and Alagia ascertained what he told PolitickerNJ.com earlier in the day, which was that the organization was on pace to produce just under 7,000 votes in the special U.S. Senate election.
The organization backs Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who’s running against Republican Steve Lonegan, but there’s a decidedly local angle on the political intent.
As Alagia led the meeting, Adubato asked PolitickerNJ.com a question.
“Who’s going to win?” he asked.
PolitickerNJ.com asked if he was referring to the Senate contest, and Adubato said he wasn’t.
“The mayor’s race,” he said. “Who’s going to win the mayor’s race?”
The North Ward supports North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos, who’s running in a field of competitors that includes South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka, Central Ward Councilman Darrin Sharif and former Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries.