NEWARK – President Barack Obama endorsed Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s U.S. Senate bid today.
“Cory will be an important partner in our efforts to reduce gun violence, give every American a fair shot in a global economy, and make our country stronger,” the President said in a statement.
“If elected this October, I will go to the Senate to advance our shared vision of a nation where opportunity is available to anyone willing to work for it, and to ensure we’re investing in the priorities that helped build America’s middle class,” Booker said in a statement. “The president has taken on the difficult fights. He worked to turn around our economy, to make high-quality, affordable health care available to every American and to keep our country safe. I look forward to continuing to work with him to advance an agenda that spreads prosperity and ensures that our nation realizes the promise of its founding.”
“It’s no surprise that Barack Obama endorsed Cory Booker today,” said Republican Steve Lonegan, who is running against him. “Booker is not only a strong and enthusiastic rubber stamp for the Obama Agenda, he has proposed a series of radical ideas even further to the left than anything President Obama has suggested. People in New Jersey are sick of Barack Obama’s lies, his health care plan, his data collection and his inability to lead our nation back to economic prosperity. Cory Booker is too liberal for New Jersey.”
Booker will face Lonegan in an Oct. 16 special election for the remaining 15 months of the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s term.
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