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February 11, 2016

Cory Booker Elected Senator in New Jersey

Booker greets a supporter after casting his own vote in the special election. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, the Twitter star with a Rolodex of Hollywood contacts, was elected to the Senate on Wednesday following a New Jersey special election campaign that lacked suspense.

After leading in the polls by double digits for the duration, the Democrat handily defeated conservative activist Steve Lonegan. The Associated Press called the race for Booker with 55 percent of precincts reporting, and the mayor ahead 55 percent to 44 percent.

Booker will fill the remaining term of the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J. The senator’s June 3 death led to the interim appointment of Republican Jeff Chiesa and a special election four months later.

The rise to the Senate is the latest move for a politician whose ambitions are believed to reach even higher. He has already been mentioned as a potential vice presidential running mate in 2016.

For now, the energetic Booker will have to work to fit in to a stubbornly slow-moving body.

Booker’s defeat of Lonegan, a legally blind former mayor of a small Garden State town, followed an equally breezy Democratic nomination fight in which the outcome was in little doubt. Booker topped three fellow Democrats on Aug. 13, including Reps. Frank Pallone Jr. and Rush D. Holt.

There was some criticism of Booker’s general election campaign for failing to adequately define his opponent early in the race. Still, Democrats never feared losing the seat in a state that hasn’t elected a Republican to the Senate since 1972.

Booker will now face re-election to a full term in November 2014.

  • Medaton

    Sad day for NJ and the rest of the United States! This just gives Obama one more Marxist vote! I don’t think Americans are going to like Socialism/Communism. Countries around the world that have had Socialism are turning away from it because it doesn’t work!

  • Peter Garuccio

    Lost cause.

  • AR_Hacker

    who cares about NJ, they get the corrupt representation they deserve. Corzine, Christie, and now Booker. You can not fix corrupt.

  • ThisIsNot4U2

    Mr. Booker seems like a nice guy. I remember a few months back when he attempted to live on food stamps for a week to see what America’s poor go thru. He also appears to be a man of the people.. Approachable. I don’t think the same could be said for Tea Party favorite Steve Lonegan. I couldn’t imagine him doing ANYTHING to “relate” to his constituents unless they share his “views”. I guess that’s why he LOST. Time for the teabaggers to go.

  • drthomasedavis

    Just what New Jersey needed, another damned liberal democrat with the manners of a rat and the brains of a jelly fish. Booker is in league with Obama the inveterate liar and blowhard.

  • truthseeker53

    To be expected from a blue area full of idiot Obamasites.

  • Robin Cohen

    Lonegan’s economic and social platform were way too far to the Right. They did not represent the thinking of most New Jerseyans.

  • Liberalism is Nonsense

    Although merit can’t replace utility for making market decisions in a free country, we must recognize military merit in liberty’s defense.

  • Harry Jamesbr

    Sad day for NJ and the blow of the United States! This just gives Obama
    one added Marxist vote! I don’t anticipate Americans are traveling to
    like Socialism/Communism. Countries about the apple that accept had
    Socialism are axis abroad from it because it doesn’t work!mensagens para celular

  • Liberalism is Nonsense

    Even though liberty unleashes prosperity, it is relentlessly attacked by those attempting to redefine it from “the absence of coercion” to “the power to coerce”.

  • Stuart

    Of the top ten cities with gun murders, Chicago is number one, Camden NJ is two and Newark NJ, home to Mayor Booker, is five. The ghetto goblins in this Blue State aren’t intelligent.

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