With Newark continuing to battle its own water woes, eyebrows were raised Wednesday when Mayor Ras Baraka's administration said he was a part of a fundraising campaign for an event called "Hip Hop 4 Flint."
Yet, just minutes before a press conference was scheduled to get underway in City Hall press was told the Mayor would no longer be attending and that a press release issued three times over two days was a misprint and mistake.
The finger pointing in the city of Newark continues. The issue is lead found in city school water several weeks ago. Since then, Newark children have been subjected to testing for possible lead exposure.
Newark's own housing authority also tested its own water to see if they have been impacted. Despite these concerns, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka continuously has stated his city's water is safe and that aging infrastructure is to blame.
Instead, he blamed the state who he says oversees city schools.
"The water has been tested. We have not found anything to raise any alarms about it," said Mayor Baraka's Press Secretary, Marjorie Harris.