“Booker has dedicated his life to the work of building hope,” says Obama.
On the night of the Newark mayor’s first big election, fans say they’re ready for a Booker presidency. “Of course I want him to be mayor, then senator, then president.”
Despite an eleventh-hour spate of negative press coverage, the Newark mayor heads to a likely primary victory Tuesday, with his image largely unscathed. Booker even previews support from his future colleagues in Washington.
Torn between City Hall and the campaign trail, Booker is vying for a seat in Washington during what he promised would be his most productive year in Newark. Don’t worry, he’s going to leave “a nice long letter on the desk of the next mayor.”
“I won’t,” he promises. The first ad buy in New Jersey’s special Senate election.
A listless start by comparison for the other senate hopefuls in New Jersey’s special election. “Did you see how unexcited Pallone looked when he said he was excited?”
“America’s favorite mayor” may be favored to win the New Jersey Senate race, but his opponents are working overtime to stop his momentum. What could go wrong for Booker, and right for Pallone and Holt.
“For several months now, Mayor Booker has been taking the steps necessary to run,” the mayor’s office says.
A primary in August, and a general just three weeks before Christie’s own reelection. “For all of you who are bored of the governor’s race, I have solved your problem.”
The passing of the longtime Democratic fixture will push a Senate race into high gear. Christie has the option to appoint an interim replacement.
He was 89. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will name someone to fill the senator’s vacancy.
Laying the groundwork for the biggest race of his life, the Newark mayor has an unusually quiet month. “He’s hunkering down,” says Muzzio.
Atrophy in his legs has kept the New Jersey Senator — a key vote — home for eight weeks. “He’s either going to get his health back to where he can get down and vote, or he’ll ride out the term like this,” says a source close to Lautenberg.
A decision, made in the last 24 hours, to protect his legacy. The Senator is “very upbeat” about finishing his fifth and last term, says a source.
Having averted a potentially nasty primary fight, the Newark Mayor says in a statement to BuzzFeed that Lautenberg “has been a champion for the people of New Jersey.” “On a personal note…”
The senior Senator from New Jersey got a new Senate office Monday. Not a move toward retirement.
The Senator takes another dig at the man challenging his Senate seat next year. “Perhaps we were too close to Newark.”
The mayor of Newark is in control of his own narrative like no other man or woman in politics. But can he run the same show from the national stage?
“Booker is stealing [Lautenberg’s] ideas and marketing them as his own,” an aide charged.
The Newark Mayor’s decision to run for Senate has offended Lautenberg, and frustrated the state’s Democratic party. “I’m not angry, I’m disappointed.”
A fundraising email in the wake of Cory Booker’s plans to run for Lautenberg’s Senate seat. “Your continued support is greatly appreciated.”
The Obama administration “convinced him to run for Senate” instead of governor, a source tells BuzzFeed. But a primary against Lautenberg would be “an unpleasant episode.”
The Newark mayor says he will “finish the work we started” in his second term and “explore the possibility of running for United States Senate in 2014.” A source says he’s decided to run for Senate.