I channel-surfed last nite into a debate by the four candidates for Mayor of Newark hosted by Cablevision. Every time I see Cory Booker I dislike him more. His eyes were so wide and wild at points last nite that he reminded me of the picture of the Runaway Bride. Remember that?
You could see white above the iris in her crazy eyes, and you could see white above the iris in Cory Booker's eyes last nite. Also, he repeatedly disrespected the time limit placed on candidates for their responses to questions, which made him look undisciplined and contemptuous both of rules and of other people's rights.
State Senator Rice does not come across well on television. He has an impressive resume, and made some valid points, but he lacked the dynamism we would ideally like in the next mayor.
Nancy Rosenstock, the one white and one woman candidate in the race, is a Socialist Workers Party loon who kept exclaiming that we need to emulate Castro's Cuba.
Sadly, the candidate who most impressed me, David Blount, apparently stands no chance of winning. Money is too important in this campaign, as it is in almost every race today, and Blount has almost none as against Booker's $4 million!
I don't know if I will try to stop the Booker steamroller by voting for Rice, or just vote for the best man, David Blount. I'll know when I step into the voting booth next Tuesday, and maybe not a moment sooner.
Today's foto is of the Essex County Parks Commission building diagonally opposite the Cathedral on Clifton Avenue.
I thought when I first saw this building a couple of years ago that it was the HQ of the Archdiocese of Newark. But there is now a modern building for Archdiocesan offices further up Clifton Avenue (which I will picture here in the future). Maybe Jeffrey Bennett, the webmaster of the Newarkology!
website, knows more about this. He is going to guide a walking tour of the area from the Four Corners to Lincoln Park
on Saturday, May 13th, for what seems to me a very reasonable $10 per person. He knows a lot more about the background of Newark sights. I know little more than the appearance of some of the sights I picture. But the pictures here do show how well things are going in Newark today.
Let's hope the next mayor doesn't screw it all up.