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Monmouth & Ocean Counties for Councilman Ronald C. Rice and the Booker Team

I just returned from a reception in Spring Lake for Newark West Ward Councilman Ronald C. Rice. It was a nice affair, attended by about 50 people at the Spring Lake Manor. I got there just before 6:30 as the room began to fill and had the pleasure to be introduced to Councilman Rice before to many others came by.

The event was hosted by Ms. Sandra Salter, Ms. Stacy Lubrecht, Red Bank Councilwoman Juanita Lewis, Red Bank Councilman Edward Zipprich, Mr. John Amberg & Lacey Township Democratic Party Chairman Barry Bendar.

It was announced that just prior to arriving at the Spring Lake Manor, Councilman Rice sat down with Monmouth County Chairman Victor Scurdiery to discuss possible plans for a partnership between Councilman Rice, Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Monmouth County Democrats which would possibly have them work together and campaign over the coming months in places like Asbury Park, Neptune and Long Branch in order to help get out the democratic vote come November.

It was my first time meeting Councilman Rice and I hope that it wont be my last, he was warm, courteous and engaging, very down to earth and seemed to be at ease.

He talked about how Newark has been changing over the past few years under the leadership of Mayor Cory Booker, about how parks and neighborhoods all through out the city have been revitalized and how under the leadership of Cory Booker the crime rate has fallen. Newark has gone some 44 days since its last recorded murder which has been the longest period since 1966.

Councilman Rice spoke of how he first met Barack Obama before he was President and how impressed he was with him, he said that he was the first elected official in NJ to officially endorse him.

Many in the room expect great things from Councilman Rice in the future, some were saying that he is next in line to succeed Cory Booker as Mayor of Newark while others expect him to make the move to Washington as a US Congressman or possibly as US Senator one day.

This having been my first time meeting Councilman Rice, I wont go that far by predicting such greatness for him but he did impress me and I wouldn’t be surprised if someday Ronald Rice found himself somewhere other than on the Newark City Council, either as Mayor or in some other higher elected office.

Here are a few pictures:

(Newark West Ward Councilman Ronald C. Rice)

(Councilman Ronald C.Rice with Redbank Council Reps Juanita Lewis and Ed Zipprich)

(myself and Newark West Ward Councilman Ronald C. Rice)

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