Newark Mayoral Campaign Bus Set on Fire, Authorities Offer Reward for Info

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014  |  Updated 3:22 PM EDT
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Reward for Info Offered in Mayoral Campaign Bus Fire

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Authorities in New Jersey are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who set fire to the campaign bus for Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka.

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

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

The bus was empty and no one was hurt. Officials say the fire appears to have been intentionally set.

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.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the Essex County prosecutor's major crimes tips line at 877-847-7432.

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