WASHINGTON, D.C. – Cory Booker will become New Jersey’s first black senator when he is sworn in today in a noon ceremony conducted by Vice President Joe Biden.
Booker formally resigned as Newark’s mayor yesterday before flying to Washington, leaving City Council President Luis Quintana to become the city’s acting mayor.
“While I am leaving one position, I am not leaving Newark. I am proud to be able to now represent Newark and our entire state as a United States senator,” Booker wrote in his resignation letter. “My level of dedication, passion and service will not falter as I serve New Jersey.”
In a special election held on Oct. 16, Booker defeated Republican Steve Lonegan by 147,058 votes, an 11 percentage point margin. He will serve the final 15 months of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s term, replacing interim U.S. Sen. Jeffrey Chiesa, who had been appointed by Gov. Chris Christie in June.
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