He has really turned Newark into a shithole. Before he became Mayor, my family and I used to summer there every year. It was a really lovely place. We loved to pack a picnic and bring butterfly nets and capture the most rare and beautiful insects. There was a guy named Peter that sold water colors out of the back of his van downtown, and they certainly were better than any art I have ever seen. Culturally, I think it had a lot more to offer than NYC. I saw a production of Cats there and it was real cats and not actors. Now we do not go there any more. We sold our summer home. I hope Booker leaves as Mayor and Newark returns to the shining gem it once was.I did not mean to shit on Newark. I live in Philly. I know what it is like to live in a crime ridden, underfunded, and decrepit city. They are all over the East Coast. I cannot imagine being a mayor in a city without a good tax base and no support from the state capital. I imagine to stay alive politically it is all about smoke and mirrors. Anyway, commenter justoneminute, whose name probably comes from his superb reading comprehension skills, had the following to say:
Really? You used to summer in Newark, NJ every year up to 2006? And now it is too bad there for you to go again? Newark has been the worst place in NJ, besides Camden since well before 2000, when I grew up in north jersey, through the 80s and 90s it was still a terrible place ot be. I can't possibly imagine you went there ever, much less every year, and can still call it a wonderful place.I suppose this would be the appropriate response if I did not include a version of Cats with actual cats and my entomological exploits. Even then, I am not sure.