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Cory Booker: Newark Mayor Elected To U.S. Senate

Thu, October 17, 2013 9:52am EDT by 4 Comments
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The charismatic mayor of Newark was voted into the U.S. Senate by New Jersey voters Wednesday, Oct. 16, becoming the state’s first black U.S. Senator.

Cory Booker, 44, is now a U.S. Senator, thanks to the people of New Jersey who voted in a special election to fill the state’s vacant seat. The Democrat steadily beat out a conservative Republican to nab the spot.

Democrat Cory Booker Easily Beats Opponent At The Polls

Cory, the ever-so popular Newark mayor was heavily favored in the polls over conservative Republican Steve Lonegan — a former small town mayor of Bogota — according to Reuters. And when more than 90 percent of the votes were counted, Cory was unofficially declared the winner with tallies showing an 11 point lead. In light of the win and recent 16-day government shutdown, Cory spoke to a cheering crowd, thanking them for turning out to cast their votes despite all the commotion — or lack thereof — that’s been going on in the nation’s capital.

Cory said, “It would have been easy to listen to this frustrating negativity and stay home today. But here in New Jersey, more than a million people rejected cynicism and came out on a Wednesday, in the middle of October, three weeks before we have another election, to fight the cynicism.”

Cory Booker: Social Media Guru

The Rhodes scholar and Yale Law School grad became well-known while running for mayor (and winning) in 2006, which was documented in the Oscar-nominated film “Street Fight.” He mingles with the rich and famous and gets donations for his city, too — Facebook’s Mark Zuckerburg dished out $100 million to Newark schools because he liked Cory’s plans. Cory knows certainly knows how to connect with the people — even on Twitter. He tweeted the following to his 1.4 million followers after the election:

WATCH: Cory Booker Celebrates Win in Special Senate Election

— Melissa Parrelli

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