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November 21, 2012


Booker Casts Deciding Vote at Chaotic City Council Meeting

A behind-the-scenes political maneuver by Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) to fill a vacant council seat with his choice "led to a near-riot in city hall tonight, with dozens of residents rushing the council stage and police responding with pepper-spray," the Newark Star Ledger reports.

Booker made an unprecedented personal appearance to cast the deciding vote for Shanique Davis Speight to fill the seat of Rep.-elect Donald Payne Jr. (D), who was just elected to Congress. Booker's opponents were pushing for John James, the son of former Newark mayor Sharpe James, who Booker beat in 2006.

Booker was able to cast the decisive vote when James allies on the city council stormed off in protest.

The power play was planned by Booker chief of staff Modia Bulter: "We did our research. We abided by the rules and guidelines. We didn't run afoul of anything."












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