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Shavar Jeffries for Newark mayor: Editorial

Shavar_Jeffries_Star_Ledger_Endorsment2.jpgRas Baraka, son of the late poet Amiri Baraka, is known as a radical, preaching on the street corner about revolution. But in truth, he represents the status quo in Newark, which for decades has been unable to shake itself loose from a failing school system and epidemic of violent crime.

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About Shavar Jeffries

Jeffries-Family.jpgA fifth generation Newarker, Shavar Jeffries was raised by his grandmother, a public school teacher, in the city's South Ward.

Shavar attended public schools for most of his life until he received a scholarship from the Boys and Girls Club of Newark to attend Seton Hall Preparatory School in West Orange, New Jersey.

Since 2004, Shavar has been an... Read more


  1. Since 2010, crime in the South Ward has risen 70 percent. As the third-highest ranking assistant attorney general for the State of New Jersey, Shavar led a team that reduced crime three years in a row. As mayor, Shavar will implement a public safety plan that will include three components: prevention, enforcement, and re-entry.

  2. The Newark City Council passed a budget which resulted in the layoff of almost 170 police officers, and hundreds more through retirement. Shavar has announced a five-point plan to identify existing money in the city's budget to restore the depleting number of police officers.

  3. Shavar does not support the closing of any public schools this year. Shavar wholeheartedly supports parental choice and believes that parents, not politicians, should decide were their children attend school.

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