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New ad hits Shavar Jeffries on ties to Wall Street & Christie’s anti-public school allies

How things have changed. There was a time when invoking the name of Gov. Chris Christie – rising star, theoretical champ of bipartisanship, and media magnet – was golden. Ditto his state-positioned schools chief for the city of Newark, Cami Anderson; theoretical saver of children, and vanquisher of failing schools. But with Christie stuck in multiple scandals and Anderson the target of angry parents for her poorly-conceived One Newark school reorganization plan, a new TV spot uses both to drive home that message that if you don’t like either of them, you won’t like Shavar Jeffries as Newark’s new mayor. The ad ties Jeffries to big-money Wall Streeters and Christie-ally school privatizers ignoring Newark parents and shutting down schools or turning them into “private profit factories.”

The ad is from the national Working Families Organization. The NJ affiliate, NJ Working Families Alliance, endorsed Ras Baraka for mayor in the May 2014 contest. Working Families cites these numbers on Jeffries fundraising:

  • 80% of Jeffries’ Q4 donations came from 4 families

  • $26,000 came from  wife of a former Morgan Stanley Chairman

  • $26,000 came from Baltimore Hedge Fund manager Mark Lerner, a longtime advocate of dismantling public schools

  • Only 5% came from small donors