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Ron Rice

From: Michael Tracey
Length: 59:58

Councilman Ron Rice and his father, State Senator Ron Rice, both of Newark, have had some very public political differences in the past few years. How has it affected their relationship?
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Ron Rice
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Michael Tracey

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Councilman Ron Rice was elected to the city council in Newark, NJ, in 2006. His close ally, Cory Booker, was also elected to the mayorship that year, defeating Councilman Rice's father, State Senator Ron Rice. Councilman Rice unapologetically supported Booker over his father. 

The political and personal differences between this father-and-son duo have come to symbolize what is a changing generational tide in Newark, away from the so-called Old Guard African American establishment, and toward an Obama-esque sort of "post-racial" pragmatism. The Rices hold starkly different philosophies about Newark should be, and the divergence comes full-circle over the issue of same-sex marriage.

Councilman Rice, a vocal proponent of gay rights, has been tasked with persuading his father, one of the few Democrats in the state senate opposed to same-sex marriage, to vote for legislation that would legalize the nuptials. It hasn't gone so well.

Through my interviews with both of these individuals, I hope you'll find some insight into the city of Newark, and the fascinating dynamic of a generational tug-of-war that is currently underway.  

*Production note: Cory Booker was born in Washington, D.C., not New Jersey, as stated in the program.  

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Councilman Ron Rice was elected to the city council in Newark, NJ, in 2006. His close ally, Cory Booker, was also elected to the mayorship that year, defeating Councilman Rice's father, State Senator Ron Rice. Councilman Rice unapologetically supported Booker over his father. 

The political and personal differences between this father-and-son duo have come to symbolize what is a changing generational tide in Newark, away from the so-called Old Guard African American establishment, and toward an Obama-esque sort of "post-racial" pragmatism. The Rices hold starkly different philosophies about Newark should be, and the divergence comes full-circle over the issue of same-sex marriage.

Councilman Rice, a vocal proponent of gay rights, has been tasked with persuading his father, one of the few Democrats in the state senate opposed to same-sex marriage, to vote for legislation that would legalize the nuptials. It hasn't gone so well.

Through my interviews with both of these individuals, I hope you'll find some insight into the city of Newark, and the fascinating dynamic of a generational tug-of-war that is currently underway.  

*Production note: Cory Booker was born in Washington, D.C., not New Jersey, as stated in the program.  

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