Newark Mayor Cory Booker won a special election Wednesday to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate, giving the rising Democratic star a bigger political stage after a race against conservative Steve Lonegan, a former small-town mayor.

Booker, 44, will become the first black senator from New Jersey and heads to Washington with an unusual political resume. He was raised in suburban Harrington Park as the son of two of the first black IBM executives, and graduated from Stanford and law school at Yale with a stint in between as a Rhodes Scholar before moving to one of Newark’s toughest neighborhoods with the intent of doing good.

Booker was elected to complete the 15 months remaining on the term of Frank Lautenberg, whose death in June at age 89 gave rise to an unusual and abbreviated campaign. If he wants to keep the seat for a full six-year term — and all indications are that he does — Booker will be on the ballot again in November 2014.

 

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  • I watched a documentary about him, when he was running against Sharpe James the first time around to become mayor of Newark. It seems like his intentions are in the right place.

    That being said, I would have liked to see him stay the mayor of Newark awhile longer, because I think he could make a larger positive impact there vs. in the U.S. Senate. Big fish in a small pond and all that. But I know power (or the illusion of it,) can be very seductive to some people.

    • Stella

      I saw that documentary too. Sharpe James was beyond redemption. What I couldn’t understand was why so many in the Black community were against Booker in his first attempt to be mayor.

      The viciousness shown towards him by his former constituents was astounding. I came away with a very bad feeling after seeing the utter malice and vindictiveness so many in the Black community showed him. They all went on to vote for Sharpe James who went on to sell city property to his mistress and make money off the deal. Sharpe was tried and convicted and sent to a Federal prison.

      I had a very bad feeling about Newark after that and am glad that Cory Booker has left that building. Many of his constituents seemed to want to live life the hard way, were unappreciative and just vicious. Maybe they’ll vote in another jive turkey Sharpe James next time around.

    • JaeBee

      Part of the reason why so many in the black community did not like Cory was because they viewed his motives as being insincere. They saw him as an outsider (only moved to the city when he decided to run as mayor) who wanted to “use” Newark as a stepping stone for his own political aspirations. He never had any true desire to reform the city. He just wanted to do the minimum and give a good show in hopes that it may open up other, bigger opportunities. Looks like everyone’s suspicions were right…

      Oh, and from what I hear the next “jive turkey” will be Anibal Ramos who also has bigger political aspirations and has been groomed by “the powers that be” to take Cory’s spot.

  • Good for him

  • Sepiastar

    Congratulations Senator Booker! I remember watching the Brick City mini-series and gained a fundamental respect for Mayor Booker’s commitment to transforming Newark and now it’s time for a new face to continue the revitalization of the city. We need diversity in the Senate!

  • sixfoota

    Off topic, but dwelling more into his romantic life (cause I’m a single woman so why not talk about a seemingly eligible bachelor), but a friend of mine says she think he’s a homosexual. He hasn’t been known to date much & I’m guessing that’s where the thought stemmed from. What do y’all think?

    • JN

      I thought he was a player, that’s been my guess. At least judging from some of his interesting tweets. I could have been reading them wrong.

  • Common Sense

    YEAH!!!!!!!! I voted for him!!!!!!