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We know it is not particularly cool for those of us in New York to care about what goes on across the Hudson River, unless perhaps it's happening within the city limits of Montclair. But if you'll forgive a Jersey native for a moment: Sharpe James dropped out of the Newark mayoral race less than an hour ago, and that's sort of amazing. Especially after his high-drama entry a week and a half ago, when he put on a tank top, a straw hat, and rode a police bike across Newark City Hall to deliver his petitions. It ends an era in Jersey's biggest city.

But never mind that. There's bigger concerns for our world. Namely, that it must really piss off the Times metro folks, who suddenly realize their brand-new and sure-to-be-exciting new Newark 06 blog will actually be not particularly exciting at all. Alas.

Sharpe James Drops Out [Newark 06/NYT]
Earlier: The Hudson River Cannot Contain the 'Times' Blog Bug