Professor Jeff Smith had an article featured on The Atlantic’s website entitled “Why Black Democratic Mayors and GOP Governors are BFFs,” Smith wrote about the seemingly unorthodox, but somewhat common relationship between black urban mayors and their white Republican governors. He cites as his two primary cases the relationships between Newark mayor Cory Booker and New Jersey governor Chris Christie, as well as the ties between Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed and Georgia governor Nathan Deal.
Smith goes on to detail the ways in which both parties benefit from these relationships, with little to no cost to them politically, at least usually. Although given recent events surrounding both governors, Smith cautions both Booker and Reed to reconsider these ties.
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