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Newark New Jersey Marks First Murder Free Month In 44 Years

Posted by Media Outrage on April 2, 2010

Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, New Jersey has a lot to smile about concerning his city.  They scored the first murder free month in their city in 44 years.

Via Yahoo:

In the annals of American urban decay, Newark, N.J., has long stood apart. Five of Newark’s last seven mayors have been indicted on criminal charges, and in 1996, Money magazine named Newark — a city of around 280,000 just eight miles outside of New York City — the “Most Dangerous City” in America. In explaining its choice, Money reported that one in every 25 Newark residents had been the victim of a violent crime at some point. 

Boy, how times have changed.

Fourteen years after winning that dubious distinction, Newark is in the midst of a drastic turnaround. And today marks a significant milestone in that shift:  March 2010 is now in the books as the first month in 44 years that no one was murdered in New Jersey’s largest city. In a story time-stamped at 12:01 a.m. this morning, NJ.com reports: 

It’s been 32 days since a homicide took place in Newark, marking the first time there has been a slay-free calendar month in the city since 1966. 

Police Director Garry McCarthy said he hopes to best a 43-day period from March to April of 2008, the longest span of time without a slaying in the city since 1961. 10 homicides have occurred in Newark since January 1st, and none have taken place in the South Ward, long believed to be Newark’s most dangerous section. 

Most observers credit the city’s turnaround to the aggressive efforts of Mayor Cory Booker, elected in 2006 on pledge to restore the city’s economy and civic order. Booker may be best know in the media world for a fake feud he had with Conan O’Brien, but he’s an accomplished civic reformer. Prior to his election, Booker lived for eight years in one of the city’s more notorious housing projects where he organized tenants to fight the drug gangs that riddled the area. 

Shortly after his inauguration, Booker appointed MCarthy, the former NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Operations, to overhaul Newark’s beleaguered police department. He collaborated with McCarthy on improved law-enforcement measures such as round-the-clock  security cameras to monitor criminal activity throughout the city. Booker has also made a point of patrolling the streets of the city in late evening hours in the company of his security staff. 

“We’re really encouraged,” Booker said in an interview with Yahoo! News about Newark’s landmark month without a murder. “This is just another milestone that proves we’re making progress in our city. It’s really helping pulling the city together.” 

He also says that he plans to keep building on the achievement. “We’re going to continue to push beyond what people think is impossible. We want to show the rest of the country what’s possible by doing what we’re doing.”

16 Responses to “Newark New Jersey Marks First Murder Free Month In 44 Years”

  1. Dominikingz said

    I think everyone in the hood should look up to this man. This dude came from the bottom ( campaining in the most dangerous projects in Newark!!) to improving the city year by year. I wouldnt doubt it if Cory one day ran for Prez and I will vote for him with my eyes closed. Good Job Mayor Booker.

  2. ucanb2 said

    How wonderful for him!

  3. Cut Up said

    I am proud of Mayor Booker and my city for sleeping for a month cause when they wake up…..lol. Nah, thats outstanding!!

    As always, Brick City “Stand Up”

  4. RAFIQ said

    YO THAT’S GOOD I WAS IN NEWARK ABOUT AMONTH AND A HALF AGO WITH COMEDIANS TERRY HODGES AND WILLIE ASBURY A NEWARK NATIVE. IT’S ALRIGHT ALOT DIFFERENT FROM THE CITY/NYC A LITTLE MORE LAID BACK.I KICKED IT AROUND THE DOWNTOWN AREA OFF COLUMBUS AND HWY 21,MY BOY LIVE IN HILLSIDE AND HE WAS SAYING NEWARK HAS CALMED DOWN ALOT,IT USE TO BE WILD.ESPECIALLY FIVE YEARS AGO WHEN I LIVE IN BROOKLYN HE SAID, AND SINCE I DIDN’T GO TO JERSEY MUCH I DIDN’T KNOW WTF WAS GOING ON IN JERSEY.BUT I AM GLAD THE BLACK ON BLACK KILLING IN NEWARK DID NOT SHOW UP IN MARCH.PEACE

  5. MissTX said

    Well good for him doing whatever he’s doing.

    But I don’t think I would wanna live in a city where something like this even has to be celebrated.

  6. Lio said

    This mayor is a good man, He went to Havard Law school, and got many High paying Jobs from top law firms in Newyork and London, But he decide to stay in new Jersey and try to make a change. The world need more people like this man, man who are not motivated by money, but by making a difference

  7. Chocolate City !! Barringer High School- Blue Bears. School Stadium. Ride over to Goldsmith Ave. to check out the fine ladies in the summer. Brandford Place. Texas Weiners. Check out the ladies on Halsey Street and Bambs(also Macy’s). Soulfood from the Arizona Inn . Go to movies at the Lowe’s,Paramount,Brandford or the Adams. Buy all the fly outfits from Heaven on Earth.

  8. Verbalism7 said

    Sounds like he’s actually DOING his job. All the others should be put to shame.

  9. RAFIQ said

    LIKE HE SAID LAST NIGHT ON THE RACHEL MADDOWS SHOW “IT’S THE PEOPLE”, “IT’S THE PEOPLE”,THAT WANT TO SEE THE CITY TO BE A BETTER/SAFER PLACE TO LIVE.THAT’S WHO THE MAYOR GAVE ALOT OF THE DERSERVED CREDIT TO.

  10. Mrs. 2020VIZN♥ said

    I’m Happy to hear this!!!

    Changing the world one city at a time, then state, country, before you know it we have A CHANGED WORLD!

    Thumps UP!!!

    “Gun don’t kill people, people kill people ~ Gargamel ( FREE the Gargamel no’ babaylon?! )

  11. ALLISWELL5 said

    Thats whats up!

  12. Kanyade said

    A gat damn shame, the first murder-free month in YEARS.😦

    Good lookin’ out on his part and the part of the citizens. God bless y’all Newark.

  13. I had my doubts about Booker being Mayor of my hometown, but I’ll admit he’s done some good.

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