Obama win has implications for Newark, Jersey City

The election of Barack Obama was extra special for Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Jersey City Mayor Jerry Healy, the first prominent Garden State officials to endorse him.

Booker and Healy began stumping and voicing their support for Obama while most of New Jersey?s elected officials were still behind Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.). Obama?s victory could now have major implications for New Jersey?s two largest cities.

Healy says his early support could mean Jersey City concerns will be heard by White House officials.

?When we make a phone call, we may get a phone call back,? he says. ?If not from him, than from somebody else and that has not happened here in a long, long time.?

Some believe Booker?s name is on a short list of candidates for potential cabinet positions, but the Newark mayor maintains he is staying put. Booker says he is running for re-election next year and is not interested in heading to Washington in the near future.

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