Cory Booker Coasts to Victory in NJ Democratic Senate Primary
Matt | On 14, Aug 2013
Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker has good reason to pat himself on the back on Wednesday morning.
Booker easily grabbed the victory in the Democratic primary to fill the vacant seat of Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who passed away in June. He held a 40-point lead over his opponents — including Reps. Frank Pallone and Rush Holt, and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver.
He will face Republican Steve Lonegan, the mayor of Bogota, New Jersey, in the October 16 special election to make the final decision about who gets the seat. Whomever wins will fill the rest of Lautenberg’s term that was set to expire in early 2015. If they want to continue to serve beyond that, they will have to face the New Jersey electorate again next November.
So, there’s a very real possibility that the U.S. Senate could have another black man walking its hallways. The only other African-American serving in the body is Sen. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) — and he was appointed to the post by SC Gov. Nikki Haley in December.
Booker is an extremely popular politician who has managed to transcend local politics and become something of a national celebrity. He was a surrogate for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. The mayor is very popular on social media, boasting over 1.4 million Twitter followers. He is also a regular guest on Sunday morning talk shows discussing tough issues about localities, education, etc.
I fully support Booker (hopefully) moving on to the Senate. I’d love to see his energy in that stale place and how he is able to wield his influence.