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February 6, 2016

Booker Cancels Campaign Event After Father’s Death

Newark Mayor Cory Booker has canceled his last Senate campaign event of the day in the wake of his father’s death.

The Booker campaign announced that Cary Booker, 76, died today in Las Vegas. He suffered from Parkinson’s disease, and the campaign said he had recently suffered a stroke.

According to his website bio, Booker’s father was a North Carolina native and the son of a single mom. He and Booker’s mother worked for IBM. After Booker was born in Washington, D.C., the family relocated to Bergen County, New Jersey.

Booker was scheduled to attend a rally with Monmouth County Democrats in Red Bank at 5 p.m. He is in the final week of the special election campaign to replace the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg.

Booker faces Republican Steve Lonegan in the Oct. 16 special. He has been favored by double digits in every public poll, and the race is rated Safe Democrat by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • bpai99

    Sad news, but objectively speaking it is good for Booker’s flailing campaign and should freeze matters for the next week or so, time his opponent can ill afford in the final month.

  • terjeanderson

    The election is next Wednesday (the 16th), not in a month.

    Governor Christie decided he didn’t want to share the ballot with the Senate race, so he forced the state to spend a couple of millions dollars to run a special election less than 3 weeks before the regularly scheduled gubernatorial contest.

    It doesn’t really freeze anything (Lonegan probably won’t start campaigning). And Booker’s campaign isn’t “flailing” – he’s on track to a win pretty consistent with recent Democratic Senate wins in NJ. Republicans always seem to end up in the low to mid 40s in NJ, and that is where Lonegan is headed.

  • George Allegro

    Even with free enterprise, the liberty school recognizes that there are certain basic functions, such as law enforcement, which governments can perform more effectively than the private sector.

  • hepette


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