Murphy and Baraka Huddle in the Haze

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka says that state guidelines regarding investigations into police misconduct are antiquated and need to permit independent civilian investigation. NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal recently said he supports the current policy, which diminishes the ability of Newark's Civilian Complaint Review Board to perform civilian investigations into complaints against police.

They talked.

The mayor and the governor.

Already allies, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka evidently told Governor Phil Murphy he was closer to backing expungement after amendments to the bill last night prior to the Senate Judiciary Committee vote.

If not on board.

That was good news for Democratic caucus members infuriated with Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker (D-28).

“She… she…” one pro-pot person raged.

She doesn’t support it.

“Old school,” the source grunted.

But the hope Tuesday was a dislodged Baraka on expungement might pry Tucker on legalization.

It was fluid.

More later.



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