This just in, fresh off the AP wire:
Mayor Sharpe James said Monday he will not seek a sixth term leading New Jerseys largest city, opening the door to a young rival who lost by fewer than 4,000 votes four years ago.
James, 70, who was first elected to the job in 1986, sent a letter to the city clerk asking that his name be removed from the May 9 ballot. The ballots are to be printed Tuesday.
Here are some consequences of James’s withdrawal from the race:
- Cory Booker has raised millions of dollars from a gaggle of celebrity supporters, for no apparent reason.
- The New York Times’s Newark 06 blog is plunged into a state of existential crisis.
- DVD sales prospects for the Oscar-nominated Street Fight have dimmed considerably.
- Booker can now blog his heart out at the Huffington Post, without worrying that said “blogging” will cause him to be tagged as an effete, rich white boy.