Suspect Arrested in Newark Mayoral Campaign Bus Burning

Ras Baraka, the son of poet Amiri Baraka, is running against Shavar Jeffries on May 13 in the race to replace Cory Booker

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    A suspect was arrested Friday in connection with a fire set on the campaign bus for Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka, authorities said.

    Baraka, the son of poet Amiri Baraka, is running against Shavar Jeffries on May 13 in the race to replace Cory Booker.

    A 43-year-old man was arrested at a Newark apartment, said Carolyn A. Murray, acting Essex County prosecutor. He was charged with third-degree arson, third-degree criminal mischief and third-degree burglary. 

    The man was jailed with bail set at $100,000, Murray said. 

    The fire was set on Baraka's bus at about 7 a.m. on Feb. 16 when it was parked outside campaign headquarters on Central Avenue, officials and the campaign said.

    The bus was empty and no one was hurt. 

    Baraka posted on his Facebook page that the bus was used to take the candidate and volunteers to various campaign events.

    "Scare tactics won't work," the post said.