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Hard Boiled New Jersey Politics: 'Street Fight'

Sharpe James shaking hands with voters.
Sharpe James shaking hands with voters.

Filmmaker Marshall Curry talks about his new documentary Street Fight, a look at old style machine politics in Newark, N.J.

The film chronicles the 2002 mayoral race, which pitted Sharpe James, a four-term incumbent against challenger Cory Booker, an up-and-coming young politician and former Rhodes Scholar.

Booker is planning another run for mayor in May, 2006. James, currently serving his fifth term, has yet to announce plans for a run at a sixth term.

Street Fight begins airing on PBS on Tuesday, July 5.

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