Where’s Cory Booker When You Need Him? Freeholder Carjacked in Newark

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 at 9:07 am

Obviously if we had criminal control in Newark these things wouldn’t be happening.

Essex County Freeholder Rufus Johnson was carjacked at gunpoint Saturday evening, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed today.

A second-term freeholder, Johnson was in his Mercedes Benz when he was carjacked around 6 p.m. near the 100 block of Montrose Street, Chief of Detectives Anthony Ambrose said.

The freeholder was not injured and his car has been recovered, Ambrose said.

This evening, Johnson, who lives in Newark, declined to discuss the carjacking, saying he wanted to take some time to reflect before doing so.

For Johnson this is his second recent run-in with violence. In September, gunfire broke out inside a West Ward eatery where he was having breakfast. Johnson was unharmed, but the attack left 39-year-old Fuquan Mosley dead and two others injured, including the restaurant’s 81-year-old owner.

Johnson was among at least six people inside the the restaurant when the shooting occurred on Sept. 27

Just hours before being carjacked Saturday, Johnson spoke about the harrowing restaurant shooting with his freeholder colleagues as the board gathered for an all-day budget hearing at the Hall of Records in Newark. The meeting ended at 5 p.m.

“I know he must be really shaken up by now. This is the second one in six months — this is not good,” Freeholder President Blonnie Watson said today.

Curiously there’s no description of the assailants. Must be some marauding NRA members.

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