I was active in Cory's campaign this time, and I admit, I was always wondering why the right wing flocks to this guy. The only thing "right wing" I've heard of his views are that he supports school choice.
I met a white lawyer who was involved in his campaign, who is a republican who has a long history in conservative politics in New Jersey. (I imagine that description narrows him down dramatically!) But I asked him point blank, why do so many in the right wing support him? His answer: because he supports vouchers.
That reason alone was why they supported him. Plus, he definitely is outside the political machine politics around here. However, the guy also told me that since the election, a lot of Cory's conservative backers are upset... because Cory appears to be distancing himself from them and giving them the cold shoulder. Listening to Cory since the election, he sounds even more pro-Newark, pro-black, and pro-getting things done now than he did when he was campaigning.
Right now, we're still in the "words" stage. I look forward to seeing what he'll do, but I suspect that town is in pretty good hands. If not, one things sure; Newark would never reelect a guy who is even remotely right wing in his policies.
And if, by chance, he comes in and kicks out all the blacks and erects a Donald Rumsfeld statue on Broad Street, the so-called left around here have no one to blame but themselves, for spending all of these decades being corrupt and ignoring the needs of the community. There was no choice but change.