In his State of the City tonight, Newark Mayor Luis Quintana turned to the legislators in the audience and made it clear to them that he expects them to resist a state takeover of the city’s budget.
“The state doesn’t belong here,” the mayor said. “Remind them we don’t need them.”
Quintana was reacting to published reports of the State of New Jersey hinting at a takover of the city’s finances.
From The Star-Ledger’s David Giambusso, “Thomas Neff, director of the state’s Division of Local Government Services, said in a letter to Quintana that his division, at its meeting on Wednesday would soon begin discussing “the level of financial stress in Newark and Newark’s lack of compliance with certain budget laws.”