How Now, Ras? Sources Say Baraka Poised to Back Murphy and Augment Him in Essex

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka Max Pizarro for Observer

This could all end now.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka is poised to endorse Phil Murphy for Governor, adding his voice to that chorus from West Essex led by former Gov. Dick Codey.

The fusion of those alliances for Murphy could choke off the oxygen Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester) has in Essex with the harried support of Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo.

“It’s over,” one party source groaned, noting what he says will be Murphy’s line support in Passaic, Middlesex and Bergen and, inevitably, Essex.

Essex County Democratic Chairman Leroy Jones said nothing of the kind in a conversation earlier today with PolitickerNJ, but sources close to Baraka say he’s likely to back Murphy.

The mayor of Essex’s biggest town joining forces with West Essex puts DiVincenzo in a one against two hole as he mulls whether to continue to support Sweeney.

A source close to the Newark mayor said Baraka won’t leap out right away with an endorsement but will bide his time. Baraka was irritated at Fulop for folding, the source told PolitickerNJ and also resistant to being used as part of the mayor’s negotiations with Murphy.

He’ll back Murphy in his own good time, the source said.

How Now, Ras? Sources Say Baraka Poised to Back Murphy and Augment Him in Essex