Mayor Ras J. Baraka was re-elected as mayor of Newark. Baraka, who garnered the largest margin of victory for a successful candidate for mayor of Newark since 1954, imparted gratitude to his constituents and reaffirmed his commitment to effectuating transformative change for urban communities.
“I am ever thankful for the trust the residents of Newark have shown in me, and the belief they have in the direction of my administration. As I reflect on our collective work with appreciation and gratitude, I am thankful to have such committed colleagues to work alongside to advance our state’s urban centers. We have faced many challenges and celebrated many accomplishments together but one thing remains clear is the need to advocate even harder for policies that will collectively benefit all of our residents,” said Baraka.
Baraka took nearly 83% of the vote, opposite community organizer Sheila Montague.
Mayor Jimmy Davis of the City of Bayonne, Mayor Tony Vauss of the Township of Irvington, and Mayor André Sayegh of the City of Paterson, also won their respective races. Here are their reactions to their victories.
Mayor Tony Vauss of the Township of Irvington signaled enthusiasm of another term in office. “The residents of Irvington have demonstrated their faith in my ability to continue leading Irvington out of the challenges we have collectively faced as a nation over the past two years,” Mayor Vauss said. “With my team, I am honored and ready to serve another four-year term wherein I can move the dial forward on my original mission of improving the quality of life of each and every Irvington resident through maximizing the partnerships I’ve built and attracting new and exciting opportunities. Irvington is cleaner, safer, and more stable than it has ever been and I look forward to the developments that are to come.”
Mayor André Sayegh of the City of Paterson conveyed appreciation following his electoral victory. “I am humbled by the resounding support that I received from the voters in Paterson,” Mayor Sayegh said. “It is easy to lead in prosperous times but it is an honor to lead in challenging ones.”