Our 2015 NJ Spotlight on Cities ended with a panel featuring three mayors who have recently taken over the top elected post in their cities. Mayor Ras Baraka of Newark, Eric Jackson of Trenton, and Adrian O. Mapp of Plainfield all run cities that are quite different in terms of size and demographics, yet there were recurring themes as each took some time to talk about their priorities. NJ Spotlight’s own Editor In Chief, Lee Keough, moderated this panel.
From their feelings on mayoral control of public schools (spoiler alert: two liked the idea, but one did not) to policy and funding issues that impact them on a daily basis, the discussion was lively, spirited and even sparked a good deal of laughter. Below, you can watch the video or download the audio from the session.