Newark authorities have reservations about a Bloods vs. Crips truce basketball game organized by Jiwe and a local pastor; the budget crisis intensifies and union leader Rahman Muhammad issues a challenge to business administrator Michelle Thomas. Later, city school students leave class to protest cuts to education; City Council elections approach and Booker-backed incumbent Oscar James is worried about the momentum of his opponent, Ras Baraka.
Newark police take heat for the shooting death of a young filmmaker in the projects; Jiwe and lawyer Brooke Barnett prep for his murder trial and Barnett must also deal with Jayda's arrest. Meanwhile, Mayor Booker kicks off his reelection campaign under the cloud of an administration official's indictment, while the mayor's one-time rival, former mayor Sharpe James, is released from prison and given a hero's welcome upon his return.
Jayda and Creep's past catches up to them, leading to legal troubles; McCarthy is dogged by episodes of police misconduct; governor-elect Chris Christie's visit to Newark proves beneficial; Mayor Booker neglects to mention McCarthy in the annual State of the City address, raising questions about the top cop's future in the administration.
Season 2 opens as Newark, N.J., mayor Cory Booker continues his quest to transform the city while he seeks another term in office. Meanwhile, the police director battles a rash of violent crime and his political enemies; Jayda and Creep start a nonprofit mentoring program; and father-author-gang-member Dashaun "Jiwe" Morris must decide whether to plea-bargain his attempted-murder case or let it go to trial.