The New York Times is out with a brutal piece on Newark Mayor Cory Booker, the Democrat many see as their party's best chance to take down New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) in 2013.

Cory Booker’s promise — captured in two books, two documentaries and frequent television appearances — was to save a city that had been hemorrhaging residents, industry and hope since the riots that ripped it apart 45 years ago. But a growing number of Newarkers complain that he has proved to be a better marketer than mayor, who shines in the spotlight but shows little interest in the less-glamorous work of what it takes to run a city.