Newark choosing successor to ex-Mayor Booker

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Voters are deciding who will lead New Jersey's largest city after its former mayor left for the U.S. Senate.

Residents of Newark will choose between City Councilman Ras Baraka and former state Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries on Tuesday. The winner will take the seat held by Cory Booker.

The 44-year-old Baraka is the son of the late poet and civil rights agitator Amiri Baraka. The group New Jersey Working Families has paid for ads that accuse Jeffries of being a pawn of moneyed outside interests.

The 39-year-old Jeffries is a former Newark school board president who is now a law professor at Seton Hall University. His ads have accused Baraka of voting to increase his pay while laying off police in Newark, where murders have spiked.

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