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Newark Has Turned Budget Corner, Says Mayor

Newark Mayor Cory Booker says his city’s budget problems are a thing of the past.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker (Getty Images)

Booker gave his state of the city address Tuesday night at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

He says the city won’t have to apply for emergency grants from the state and will be able to hire new police officers over the next several years. In the past, Booker had laid off police because of budget woes.

Tuesday’s speech was a far cry from last year’s when several City Council members walked out midway. This time Booker praised the council for its work on hammering out a budget and the group rose to a round of applause.

Booker is in the next-to-last year of his term and is eyeing a U.S. Senate run next year.

 

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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