Cory Booker’s Senate run was long anticipated, but the unexpected death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg will likely take him away from Newark, N.J., at least a year earlier than planned. And intense recent violence there has reignited some familiar criticisms of the mayor that say his personal ambitions have overshadowed his work for the city. Did he really set Newark on a course of sustainable change?
In fourth and final part of his interview with Slate’s Jacob Weisberg, Booker argues that his administration has slowly chipped away at decades of decline and put in a foundation that will reap benefits for years to come. He points to small victories, like the first new hotel in downtown Newark in 40 years, that have driven growth elsewhere, and he says that he suspects his successor as mayor will enjoy the rewards of his administration’s work.