I think he's got a great career ahead of him. Go Cory! And if he's one of us, there's room in the Jacuzzi.
He's a great candidate.
Cory A. Booker, the mayor of Newark, who rose to prominence with his efforts to remake a notoriously troubled city and then used that perch to build a national reputation as a charismatic and media-savvy star in the Democratic Party, was on pace to capture the Democratic nomination for Senate on Tuesday night.
With the vote still being counted, The Associated Press projected a win by Mr. Booker, who had a wide lead over his nearest challenger, Representative Frank Pallone. They were trailed by Representative Rush D. Holt and the State Assembly speaker, Shelia Y. Oliver. Mr. Booker planned to give a victory speech to supporters at Champion Plaza in Newark within the hour.
A victory, after an abbreviated and contentious contest with some of the state’s best-known Democrats, would make Mr. Booker a heavy favorite to win the October general election in an overwhelmingly Democratic state that has not sent a Republican to the Senate in four decades. That would make him the country’s only elected black senator.
In the special general election in October, Mr. Booker will face Steven M. Lonegan, a former mayor of Bogota, N.J. and gubernatorial candidate, who easily won the Republican primary on Tuesday, the A. P. projected.
I voted for Rush Holt who is a consistent liberal. Cory's number one priority seems to be Cory and he has avoided taking a clear stand on some issues. I knew Booker would win big, but I voted for Holt to send a message that there is a healthy left wing in the party.
Booker - 60.0 %
Pallone -\t 22.1\t %
Holt - 13.5%\t
Oliver - 4.5%
I proudly voted for Corey Booker!
I hope it wasn't a write-in ballot, R7.
Wasn't there some concern earlier this year that Christie would hold the Senate election at a time that would prevent Booker from running?
I was on my way through NJ and stopped to vote for Steven Lonegan.
Christie decided to hold a separate election for the Senate seat instead of adding it on to the already scheduled November election because he was afraid that the turnout for Booker would reduce the size of Christie's re-election victory. Cost: $24 million in public money.
Cory took a very clear and positive stand on gay marriage 2 years ago r5.
Are people in the state angry with Christie for spending the extra money?
R13, yes a number of us are. You see it all over the comments section of any nj.com article on Governor FatOne.
R12, I'm not sure what your comment had to do with R5's post when you consider that all four candidates are very vocal gay marriage supporters. And BTW, Frank Pallone was one of the early cosigners of gay rights legislation back in the 1980s and has attended the state's gay rights march/rallies in Asbury Park for many years.
R5, do you live in the city or deal with city government. (My department deals with the city and I work with a number of city residents, and oh the stories of administrative ineptitude I can tell.)
Naturally I'll vote for Cory come the October election since I've never voted for a Republican in my life, and I'm sure not going to do so now - especially given that Lonegan is a kook through to his rotten core.
But understand this, you DLers who know of Mayor Cheese (as some of the locals call Cory) only through his tweets . . . he was the [italic]least[/italic] progressive of the four Democratic candidates running.
I was never convinced Booker was gay, btw.
But I can't say the same about the guy who will probably be his successor.
He's exactly the right person for preserving Christie's career, being a corrupt stupid sellout financed by Bain Capital. New Jersey couldn't manage to find a fucking PROGRESSIVE in the entire state? Corey Booker is dirtier than a Kardashian diaper.
R15 is right. Wall Street and the corrupt 1% have him in their back pocket.
I'm stunned that anyone could think Booker is straight. I'm surprised he didn't do his victory speech in drag.
Tell me something credible about him and maybe I'll believe you R17. No one's come up with anything so far other than of-course-he's-gay. So spill it. (No, I really mean it!)
There are more gay rumors about Cory's predecessor, the married Sharpe (like the Branch Brook Park story for example), than there are about him.
I fell in love with Rush Holt during his Colbert interview. He obviously has Aspergers so for him to choose politics means he really wants to make a difference. His liberal cred is impeccable. I don't think he could be bought like mr booker. And that brain! Damn, if only a few hundred brains will make all the choices for a few hundred million of us, I want his to be one of them. Tell me he can go back to Congress.
Is Cory Booker's girlfriend a flight attendant who lives in Canada?
Either Pallone or Holt would have been a much better choice.
Cory has more persona, his aura resonates with people. I do agree that he isn't the best, yet he is the most electable.
Great … another Democratic Wall Street suck-up in the U.S. Senate. And from a blue state!
[quote]I do agree that he isn't the best, yet he is the most electable.
We always end up voting for the person who isn't the worst. When will we ever get a chance to choose between outstanding candidates?
[quote]I proudly voted for Corey Booker!
And why hasn't it dawned on you to support your pride with spelling Mr. Booker's first name correctly?
I love, love, Rush Holt. What are his plans after this election? It's so sad that he probably lacks the social skills to make a big run because he certainly has the most caring and logical mind in politics.
Holt is staying in the House.
Sharpe James, former long time mayor, gay.
Cory Booker, gay.
Closet cases both.
Booker was chosen for the Democrats by the Republicans.