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Booker to announce Senate run today, but will face a tough run
Star Ledger ^ | June 8, 2013

Posted on 06/08/2013 5:58:08 AM PDT by SMGFan

Newark Mayor Cory Booker officially launches his campaign for the U.S. Senate this morning, but before he was even out of the gate, the attacks against him had begun.

Hours after Booker’s aides leaked the news yesterday that he will run in the special Senate primary in August to replace U.S. Frank Lautenberg who died this week, the National Republican Senatorial Committee sent out a blast email attacking the mayor’s celebrity status.

"It remains to be seen whether Cory Booker the candidate can match Cory Booker’s celebrity persona in this kind of race, since campaigning is so much different from party hopping in Hollywood, appearing on television, or tweeting," said Brad Dayspring, the committee’s communications director and a New Jersey native.

Booker, a Democrat who was elected mayor in 2006, can expect similar attacks from the left as he will likely face stiff competition from U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6th Dist.), Rep. Rush Holt (D-12th Dist.) and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-Essex) in the Democratic primary. All three have either declared their candidacies or expressed an interest in running for Lautenberg’s seat.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: booker; braddayspring; corybooker; franklautenberg; frankpallone; newjersey; rushholt; sheilaoliver; tbone
Can't the Democrats just give Booker the nomination? Don't African Americans deserve this? You know, in most (?) Southern states there would be a runoff if you got less than 50% in primary or general election I recall in Georgia? Well we saved 12 million there. :)

4 Democrats means winner could get around 30% of vote. Looks like Democrat trick running Sheila Oliver splits the black vote. LOL

1 posted on 06/08/2013 5:58:08 AM PDT by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

Booker’s a two-fer!

2 posted on 06/08/2013 6:00:50 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Dr. Ursus

I don’t think Booker and his maximum excellence are buddies. Would not surprise me if his visit with Krispy Cream was not an effort to keep him out of the senate i.e. don’t appoint him. Supposedly Krispy is a shoe in for reelection so the Senate seat is the only one in contention with national ramifications. Of the remaining list of libs, not sure which is the worse but whichever is would be the one that his maximum excellence would want elected IMO.

3 posted on 06/08/2013 6:07:59 AM PDT by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: SMGFan

Hasn’t New Jersey suffered enough already with Democrats and RINOS ruling them? I find it hard to believe that Ronald Reagan carried the same state twice by several hundred thousand votes just a little over a generation ago. Much like California it went left and ruined itself.

4 posted on 06/08/2013 6:22:23 AM PDT by dowcaet
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To: Dr. Ursus

Should be “book ‘em”. The ol’ cuff and stuff.

5 posted on 06/08/2013 6:23:07 AM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST mr. president(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: SMGFan

A. Lot of peeps in my neck of the woods like Holt. I mean, the guy is a rocket scientist and did defeat the IBM computer and won jeopardy!

6 posted on 06/08/2013 6:31:24 AM PDT by Gefn (More Cowbell please)
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To: dowcaet

Steve Lonegan, the Tea Party organizer, from Bergen County
is running

Hop some other high profile ‘Pubs get in (aka Tom Kean Jr or John Kryillos who ran last year and lost)

7 posted on 06/08/2013 6:36:47 AM PDT by njslim (St)
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To: dowcaet

You will never get a Reagan when 50% of the vote is tainted before the voting even begins.

When voter ID becomes a reality then you will see change. Until then, it is the United States of incompetence.

8 posted on 06/08/2013 6:40:03 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: Gefn

had a run in couple years back with this Ass Clown (Holt)

Was at Middlsex County fair and he was campaigning there

Came up to me and stuck out hand and announced “Rush Holt”

Told him straight out was not voting for him because

1) Was a Reublican

2) lived in Passaic County (outside his district)

Must have jumped back like 6 ft ! Turned around and went
after some other poor schmucks......

9 posted on 06/08/2013 6:41:08 AM PDT by njslim (St)
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To: SMGFan
Booker deserves a lot of credit for one important thing:

He announced last year that he was going to run for Lautenberg's seat in the U.S. Senate -- while Lautenberg was insisting that he wasn't going to retire anytime soon. It was Booker's announcement that compelled Lautenberg to decide not to run for re-election in 2014.

Booker was right on that one. Lautenberg had no business holding onto that seat long even his health deteriorated and he was no longer even showing up in Washington for Senate votes.

Booker's biggest problem in the Democratic primary for this special election is that he may not have a lot of strong support even among the constituents in his own city of Newark. That city is pretty much a fiefdom that is run through tribal politics, and a lot of voters still won't forgive Booker for defeating Sharpe James -- who was once called "Newark's Mayor Mugabe" in a story by the Wall Street Journal some years ago.

10 posted on 06/08/2013 6:51:12 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I am the master of my fate ... I am the captain of my soul.")
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To: njslim

What would you all think of Chris Smith running? I could get behind him.

11 posted on 06/08/2013 6:54:35 AM PDT by Gefn (More Cowbell please)
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To: SMGFan

Noting the “stiff competition” will come from within the dem party. Once he clears that hurdle, Booker, AKA Beloved Black Man II, will sail to an easy victory.

12 posted on 06/08/2013 7:18:00 AM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks SMGFan.

13 posted on 06/08/2013 7:28:08 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: ScottinVA

Problem is his opponents, Pallone/Holt, have lots of cash

Can really trash him as a slick “moderate”

Let the air wars begin .......

14 posted on 06/08/2013 8:06:31 AM PDT by njslim (St)
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To: dowcaet

Yep, hard to believe that Reagan carried New Jersey, New York, California, even Massachusetts, when he ran for president. Things have definitely changed politically speaking.

15 posted on 06/08/2013 8:21:46 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Well, the liberals oppose voter ID, in part because there are some elderly people who never got a driver’s license or other government issued ID. The liberal view is that it is a poll tax to require someone to get an ID to vote, because there are fees involved with getting documents needed to get your ID.

So, because there may be some problems with some people getting their ID to vote, liberals say that means the entire concept of voter ID is flawed. That’s liberal logic for you.

16 posted on 06/08/2013 8:24:21 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: SMGFan; miss marmelstein; Liz; Ann Archy; ml/nj; staytrue; Zhang Fei; wideawake; ...
4 Democrats means winner could get around 30% of vote.

The writer of this (lefty) Star-Ledger article is just speculating on who might be running in the 'Rat primary. Notice that he doesn't mention any Republicans who might be filing for the GOP primary. Maybe from his perspective, the GOP is non-existent.

17 posted on 06/08/2013 9:30:03 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: njslim

Then why didn’t Christie appoint him and give him the advantage of incumbency?

18 posted on 06/08/2013 10:07:58 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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Vote-crazed Booker——harboring ambitions for higher office-— eagerly accepted an invite to speak at a Planned Phood rally in Charlotte at the Democratic convention.

Alas, Booker’s hopes of burnishing his credentials w/ women voters were dashed when the event attracted only a handful of participants.

However, Booker did not miss an opportunity to show he is a “man of action.” Booker spotted a predator who went berserk and was trying to have sex with a discarded vagina costume——w.i.t.h.o.u.t. using a regulation Democratic condom with ribbed DNC logo.

Booker quickly summoned the ever-vigilant Planned Phood Condom Detail-—and the unsheathed sex maniac was hustled off.

Video on youtube later (/snix).

19 posted on 06/08/2013 1:27:55 PM PDT by Liz
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To: justiceseeker93; JerseyHighlander; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; ...

Chris Christie showed himself to be as self-serving as they come with this special election decision. Is he doing Cory Booker a favor in exchange for Booker’s agreeing to not oppose him?

If Christie runs for President, I won’t vote for him in the primary, even if he faces only token opposition.

20 posted on 06/14/2013 11:31:02 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Muslims are a people of tolerance, life,and peace, and if you don't agree, they'll murder you)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Well, you certainly have the right to pick candidates based on whatever reasons you choose, but it seems to me that (i) Christie did the best that he could by picking an October date for the special election and (ii) there are other, more important reasons why conservatives should be wary of a presidential run by Chris Christie.

I don’t think that Christie was “self-serving” at all. He certainly is not afraid to lose reelection if the Senate election was on the November ballot—the sacrificial-lamb Democrat running against him has no chance. What Christie wanted to avoid was the Senate race becoming the big-ticket item in November, drumming up Democrat (particularly black) turnout and helping the Democrats hold both houses of the state legislature. With the gubernatorial race the only really big contest, and Christie winning big, he might be able to sweep in GOP majorities in the Senate (which would allow him finally to appoint two new members of the state Supreme Court) and House. And, yes, Christie could have declared that the special election wouldn’t be held until November 2014, but if he did that the NJ Supreme Court likely would have ruled that it had to be held no later than November 2013 and scheduled it for the same date as the gubernatorial and legislative election, so he preemptively had to pick a date prior to this November so as to avoid that probability.

21 posted on 06/14/2013 12:06:20 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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