Meet the NJ Senate Candidates: Cory Booker

Friday, June 14, 2013

We continue our series of interviews with the candidates in New Jersey's special election to fill Frank Lautenberg's seat. Today: Newark mayor, Cory Booker, discusses his bid for the Democratic nomination.

Comments [16]

Lucia from Chelsea

Mr. Booker is actually being humble. Yes, I know know, he comes off as quite self-involved, but the truth he us dancing around is that he IS a national celebrity. He looks good, speaks (fairly) well when he takes time to breathe, and has the right kind of pedigree for the American moment -- urban mayor, Ivy-league educated, racially ambiguous minority. His best feature is that he is an advocate of a number of causes and he does have a national, sometimes international platform for bringing these issues to attention.
The PROBLEM is that going to the Senate will diminish his megaphone. He will be bogged down in the minutiae and inertia of the Hill. If he is sacrificing that megaphone now in hopes that he can get the world's largest megaphone (the US presidency), then I understand the gamble. If his real ultimate end is bringing attention and solutions to those problems, then I don't see that happening because Senate is where activism goes to die.

Also, Mr. Booker, too many words. Breathe, breathe, breathe. :)

Jun. 15 2013 12:29 AM
Too much talk

Booker should re-shape his message to stop implying that he "helped create jobs" and start citing specific instances of laws or regulations he created or changed that made it easier for people to start or expand businesses while still protecting the public.

Also, he just talks too much. Every answer turns into a long-winded stump speech by the end of which I can't even remember the original question.

Tighten it up, Booker.

Jun. 14 2013 02:54 PM
cc in jc

Cory Booker bla bla bla message energize government... same old playing message. He is a good sales political talker. Finish the job in Newark.

We had a reform 2 term energizer councilman Fulop running for mayor in Jersey City. Booker endorsed Mayor Healy. Isn't his message today how he chooses to act in senate government to act like a councilman Fulop yet he chose to back an absent on the job Mayor Healy. What a disgrace. He could have remained silent. It is the same old boy's club.

Jun. 14 2013 12:26 PM
Joanne Devine from elizabeth, nj

Sure, Cory Booker has name recognition, but what has he done for Newark his would be stepping stone ?

Jun. 14 2013 10:47 AM

Arpopos the photo at
and Booker's support of the "LGBT" agenda:

" "By the early '90s, the language of the Dutch campaign had been changed -- totally dropping the "don't have anal sex at all" suggestion."

"[...]it's a dubious practice at best, yet throughout the entire run of the AIDS epidemic, the promotion and glamorization of rumpy-pumpy has never ceased in the "gay community."

"[...]gay men who don't enjoy buggery experience relentless (albeit often subtle) peer pressure[...]"

"This paper demonstrates that there is indeed a very strong link between male homosexuality and child sexual abuse."


Jun. 14 2013 10:40 AM
Susan from Upper West Side

OK, if Cory Booker is talking about health, he really needs to start fighting for real change in terms of the epidemic of childhood obesity, diabetes and other metabolic disorders. Instead he allowed one of the worst violators of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes (and yes, Nestle never stopped violating that code) to donate money to nutritional programs for children in Newark. In Great Britain, Nestle donated money to their childhood nutrition campaign and put coupons on their products, many of which were high in sugar for a contest to win memberships to gyms. While exercise is important, it cannot counteract the negative health impact of eating tons of sugary processed foods. Having worked in public health nutrition, I am very well aware of how the food and pharmaceutical industries give tiny amounts of money that in no way even come close to compensating for the damage done by their misleading advertising.

Jun. 14 2013 10:31 AM

His lack of popularity at home and national notoriety is the hallmark of a professional politician who is being groomed by some big money interests to put an acceptable face, and give the smoothly empty talk, while being a safe vote for his backers interests. This is the fat cats' version of a machine politician. The machines, at least, had to fix the potholes and give a few locals some jobs...guys like Booker are promoted through the system to keep well-heeled fat and happy. Look anonymous attack ads against his primary opponents funded by Karl Rove and the Koch boys.

Jun. 14 2013 10:29 AM

Hmmm...The media and the DEMS are (so far) misquoting the amount of money that the governor is spending to get his GOP legislature a better shot. We would have to have a primary, regardless... In my view, it hurts their case. A three judge panel has decided that Gov. Christie CAN spend the money on a special election and now it is up to the voters to decide if it is okay for the governor to spend $12M of state money to buy himself a GOP Senate and Assembly.

Booker is good but Holt (and Pallone) are better.

Jun. 14 2013 10:26 AM
Maria from NYC

Why is Booker considered a Democrat when he is funded by Republicans?

Jun. 14 2013 10:23 AM

could the mayor speak to foreign policy?

Jun. 14 2013 10:23 AM

Talks a lot. Says nothing. Perfect politician. Yeah, so far Holt looks like the best of the lot.

Jun. 14 2013 10:20 AM
Mick from Inwood

I think Corey Booker is "Nauseating, just Nauseating!" in his kowtowing to Wall Street private equity thieves-by-other-names, like Mitt Romney, who consider the USA one big cash-cow ripe for the milking. He should be running as a Republican but I guess Christie takes up all the available space on that plank. He is a true, fake progressive.

Jun. 14 2013 10:19 AM

Tell this guy nothing gets done in the senate
filibuster reform and no more senators for life please.

Jun. 14 2013 10:19 AM

I had no idea Darth Vader was running for Senate...

Jun. 14 2013 10:18 AM
Miles Hunter from Newark

The mayor is eloquent as always, but he has not done much on the local level as the mayor of the City of Newark with respect to sustainability, etc., yet he is allowed to just say he has credentials on this without challenge. What is the track record on getting any cooperation within the City of Newark between the Mayor and the City Council, who are all Dems? It is odd that the Mayor can tout reaching across the party lines to work with Gov. Christie, but cannot work for the successful administration of the City.

Finally, what happened to the pledge to stay in Newark and complete work as a reason not to run for the governorship of the State of New Jersey? LOL.

Jun. 14 2013 10:13 AM
john from office

It is interesting how inner city Newark seems to be very unhappy with Mr. Booker, but he remains popular nationally.

Jun. 14 2013 09:11 AM

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