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This week Steve Perry talked with Corey Booker, the mayor of Newark New Jersey, who's pushing for change in one of America's most troubled cities.
As Booker faces re-election next month, he points to progress. Last month for example, there were no murders in Newark. That hasn't happened in more than four decades.
And when it comes to the public school system, which has been under state control since 1995 because of low performance and mismanagement, Newark's mayor says he's eager to take back control.
Watch the video above to hear more from Mayor Booker.
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