N.J. mayors mull appeal for presidential help

Mayors from more than a dozen New Jersey towns met in Newark Wednesday morning to discuss what kind of assistance they would like to see their communities receive from President?elect Barack Obama.

The mayors are planning to submit a final report of urban policy recommendations on a wide range of issues to the president-elect within the next month. Those issues include the economy, education and health care.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker says he hopes the new president will heed their suggestions and take the needs of their communities into consideration when formulating his urban policy, considering the way New Jersey supported him.

"When it was a difficult campaign, we raised a lot of early money right here in the state of New Jersey and sustained those kind[s] of contributions," Booker says. "So I know Obama feels a very special connection to the state of New Jersey because of the leadership here."

Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy adds that he and his fellow mayors would like to capitalize on what they perceive to be a special connection between New Jersey and President-elect Obama to help struggling towns across the state.

?We're going to beg, it?s that simple,? concluded East Orange Mayor Robert Bowser.

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