NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Newark Mayor Cory Booker will be leaving behind a city at a crossroads when he is sworn in as New Jersey's newest U.S. senator.
The two-term Democratic mayor has left his mark. Parts of the city have improved. Artists, new residents and businesses have moved in. There's a palatable energy downtown.
But there has been an uptick in violent crime recently. And many are asking whether the attention and money lavished on New Jersey's largest city during the Booker administration will remain.
A prominent Newark historian — Rutgers history professor Clement Price — says a lot of people worry that Newark will slide backward once the senator-elect leaves for Washington.
Others say the momentum Booker helped create when he became mayor in 2006 can be sustained.