After Newark Mayor Cory Booker is certified as the winner of the special election for U.S. Senate in New Jersey, the state's largest city -- plagued with high crime and unemployment -- will be led by a new mayor until an election next spring.
City Council President Luis Quintana, a deputy mayor under Sharpe James, becomes acting mayor when Booker officially resigns.
The council then holds a special meeting to vote on the position of acting mayor. That must take place within 30 days after Booker's resignation.
The council could name Quintana to the post, or any registered voter of Newark. Former Council President Donald Bradley has already submitted his resume for the job.
The regular election is set for next May, when Booker's term would have ended. Three council members have expressed interest or announced they will run.