First scene. Cory Booker is threatened to be kicked out of a city owned apartment building by the head of the Housing Authority.
Cory Booker started his campaign on a shoestring budget. You can tell that from the way his headquarters looks.
What's your first impression of Cory Booker?
This guy seems great
He is dedicated to the people of Newark.
Down to earth
I really like him! He's very driven and smart.
He definitely cares about what he does and the people he represents.
Sharp James, the incumbent, is not only the mayor of Newark but he is also a New Jersey State Senator. Should this be allowed? Is this a conflict of interest? Does this give someone to much power?
I didn't even know that was possible?
That shouldn't be allowed
Yes too much power for one man
I dont think it is a power issue as much as it is a time issue. If you are elected into a position as important as Mayor, I believe you are expected to give everything you have to improve the city, taking another job takes away some of your energy and focus off of this important job.
Sharpe James has too much power if he can just go around taking people's businesses and closing them. He doesn't seem like that he cares about the town. I think he just cares about making money.
Money is power
If you can't win an argument, just start screaming
It's just a shame that he obviously just doesn't really care about the city.
I don't know what we're yelling about!!!!!!
He doesn't live there or anything
He definitely goes the extra mile.
Spread the love!
Agreed. I don't understand how it is legal to hold two conflicting positions like that. I feel Iike that should be changed...
Stay on message! That's one of the biggest challenges of any campaign
This guy refuses to meet the camera man's eyes
I'm amazed at how intense a MAYORAL campaign can get.
I sez sharpe shouldn't be saying Cory doesn't care about the city when he himself took another elected position while still serving as mayor.
Don't hate the player hate the game
Sharpe is low
"We ask our black children to get educated and when they do, we call them white. That's sad." -- That is my favorite line in the whole documentary.
A little pressure from his grandfather.
Sharpe sounds uneducated compared to Booker, that's probably why he is making education "white"
"we ask our black children to become educated and they do,but then we call them white"
"Injustice anywhere means injustice everywhere."
That said 61170...?
Lot of cash flow goin on there
$3 million to become a mayor of a city with a population of 277,140!
Does it really take that much to win a mayoral campaign? This seems quite intense.
At some point, all of these attacks have to take a toll, they have to start to hurt. In a little bit you'll see a little kid break Booker's heart.
It must cost a lot tower a suit everyday
The little boy asked him "Are you white"
There are always sirens going off in the background
I don't think he should run a negative campaign. It's hard to take the high road but it's what will win in the end...
Can you slug someone in the face with dignity?
Oh snap. Thats a pickle!
That seems contradictory...
Yes you can. Very easy.
Fear tactic usually only works for so long...there comes a point where people decide they are tired of living in fear.
I think sharpe plays dirty
This campaign has a lot to do with change, similar to President Obama's
At what point do you compromise your values and dignity for what you see as the greater good?
"It's not an academic debate, it's not an intellectual debate"..."The thing about a debate is that people believe what you say"..."He's going to 'boff'[blow] it".
What does boff mean?
It's so frustrating to try to walk the like between moral value and political strategy because people don't see it that way. They only see as far as the media goes.
The sidewalk is public. Anyone can film on the sidewalk. Frightening when police don't know individual rights.
I love this older gentleman
Should the filmmaker be concerned for his own safety?
Chris Christie is now the current governor of new jersey
You think he's going to run for president?
Forget an election straight up street brawl between James and Booker
What was Christie at this time?
Christie was a U.S. Attorney sent to Newark to make sure the election was fair
"He smells like the future"
Sounds like a winner!
He pays people to "volunteer"
It's interesting what color the two campaigns decided to use. Why is sharpe red and brooker blue yet brooker is accused of being the republican....
They love this city? They aren't even from the city!
So the philidephians are proclaiming what James has done for "their" city?? Shameful.
Can they do that?
If one of those sound trucks came past my house it would make me less likely to vote for their candidate....and I thought the ice cream truck was annoying.
Can't police from neighboring cities come in and enforce structure???
Polling site or election site?
So much for a fair election
Quick. Make your prediction. What will the percent for each candidate be?
Booker - 50%Sharpe James - 50%
Seriously. There has to be a higher power out there with the capabilities ti stop this corruption. The nation isn't stupid!
The Sundance Channel just started the second season of the show they call BRICK CITY. The show follows Cory Booker as he attempts to continue his reform of Newark. http://www.sundancechannel.com/brick-city/
Next time we watch a documentary make sure it has a happy ending. This is frustrating.
In 2009, on The Tonight Show, host Conan O'Brien made the following joke: "The mayor of Newark wants to set up a citywide program to improve residents' health. The health care program would consist of a bus ticket out of Newark." Booker responded in a satire YouTube video telling Conan O'Brien to apologize, and that Conan is banned from ever entering Newark Liberty International Airport by putting him on the "No fly list." The video was made in humor. Conan responded by further making fun of Newark saying the only way he could get to Newark now would be like everyone else, "through a series of poor decisions." He also called out Cory Booker to come on the show to air out their grievances. Booker subsequently banned Conan from the state of New Jersey as well as all the sister cities of Newark on another satire video. In response, Conan read a letter on air from Elizabeth, NJ, Mayor Chris Bollwage, declaring that he will temporarily rename Terminal A of Newark Liberty (which lies in Elizabeth) the Conan O'Brien Terminal. Conan did a skit in which he complimented all the cities around Newark and said he had created a "geographic toilet seat" around Newark. The mayors of Bayonne, East Orange, Kearny, Jersey City, and Elizabeth have publicly sided with Conan O'Brien. He ended this by saying, "Your move, Mayor Booker." The feud was unofficially ended when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for it to end during a prepared comedy bit, telling Booker to chalk it up to Conan's head injury suffered less than two weeks earlier. Mayor Cory Booker appeared as Conan's first guest on The Tonight Show on Friday October 16, 2009, and assured viewers that the feud was over and that he was actually a big fan of Conan O'Brien. They settled their feud with a deal that every time Conan made a joke about Newark, Conan would put $500 in the Newark jar, and the money would be donated to the City of Newark. Conan then made the following joke, "You can trust that this jar is safe because it is not in Newark," after which Conan placed the first $500 in the jar. Conan then made a $50,000 donation to the Newark Now charity, which was matched by NBC Universal, totaling $100,000.
Okay happy ending :)
I'm sorry. Did I forget to tell you that this wasn't made by Disney!