Newark Mayor Takes On the Colonel?
To paraphrase Adam Ant, he don’t drink, don’t smoke, what does he do? He eats a vegetarian diet too! Of course, I’m talking about Newark, New Jersey’s teetotaling, carrot-crunching mayor, Cory Booker. So, if any mayor would be likely to take us up on our suggestion to ban fast-food restaurants, it would have to be Mayor Booker, right?
Well, that’s what we think, which is why we’ve asked the mayor to ban the construction of new fast-food restaurants in Newark. Our reasoning goes like this: Studies show that people who live near fast-food restaurants have higher rates of strokes and obesity, and Newark residents have more than their fair share of both. Why not tackle both of those health issues—and beautify Newark at the same time—by banning golden arches and giant red-and-white striped buckets?
We think there’s a chance that the mayor will go along with us on this one. Who knows—maybe Newark could become the next Akron, Ohio.
Written by Alisa Mullins