Newark, New Jersey is a tough town. A third of its residents live in poverty and the murder rate is twice that of the Bronx, only 15 miles away. In 2002, Newark is gearing up to elect the next mayor. Candidate Cory Booker is a 32-year-old African-American Rhodes Scholar and Yale law grad. As a city councillor, he moved into a low-income housing project to be closer to his constituents and fought the city for better jobs and education. He's up against a fierce opponent, four-term incumbent Mayor Sharpe James. Raised in poor Newark, he has 32 years of experience and charisma to spare.
An extraordinary, multi award-winning film which captures the 'no-holds barred' battle to be the next mayor of New Jersey. It's a David and Goliath story that sheds light on issues of poverty, race and democracy in America.