Booker preaches unity in victory speech; promises to match Lonegan 'negativity' with 'positive vision'
By Max Pizarro | August 13th, 2013 - 9:55pm
| More

NEWARK – Moments ago, Newark Mayor Cory Booker jogged up onto the outdoor stage here outside the Prudential Center to claim his prize.

“It is such an honor to be your Democratic nominee for the United States Senate,” Booker yelled to applause.

He thanked the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, and his adversaries in the Democratic Primary.

“They are our champions, too,” he added of his three fellow Democratic contenders. “We are no longer opponents, we are allies. We are together.”

Booker expanded that point.

"We are called to form a more perfect union," he said, leaning on an African proverb: "If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together."

Booker eschewed those who call him naïve for seeking common ground.

“This is Newark, New Jersey, and we don’t do naïve,” said the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate. “The power of the people is greater than the people in power. The people united can never be divided. American history is a glorious testimony to people coming together… In Newark, we know it’s not naïve to come together to get things done.

"Make me your senator, New Jersey," he added amid an upswell of applause. "I will be unwavering in my focus on finding common ground. I will not be concerned with right or left but going forward.”

His voice rose with emotion when he said, “We must make marriage equality the law of the land.”

Social Security and Medicare must never be put at risk, he added.

“I will be someone who speaks truth to power; who will speak for those who can’t hire lobbyists to bend the (law),” said the mayor. 

He opened up on Republican nominee Steve Lonegan. 

"He’s a person of strong beliefs and even stronger rhetoric," Booker said. "Please know this about me. I will match his negative attacks with positive vision.”

But if Lonegan attacks urban cities, a woman's right to choose and gay "brothers and sisters," Booker said he will defend.

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 23, 2014

Colorado politicians invite Christie to experience 'Rocky Mountain High'Colorado politicians slapped back at Gov. Chris Christie after he questioned their Rocky Mountain quality of life under the rule of legalized marijuana.“Whether it’s hiking season or snow season, we invite Gov. Christie to experience Colorado’s quality of life anytime,"  Sen....

Op-Ed

How the City of Paterson became a city in crisis

By HAYTHAM YOUNES As the May 13th election for Paterson officials nears, I've noticed a lot of candidates running using slogans and empty promises as if they weren't around watching Paterson get to where it's at today. I think it's important that... Read More >

Contributors

(4-23-14) Bridgegate Witnesses Not "RATS" if Testimony is Forced -Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson’s decision last week was covered in most newspapers and blogs as an affirmation of the... more »
(Absecon Island, NJ) --With his shocking win in last year's election, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian emerged as one of the most intriguing figures in the New Jersey political... more »
When it comes to profiling Christie, facts are for wussies (4/10/14) - As the national media stories on our Guv pile up, expect more blunders about the Garden State.... more »
This week I begin a series called Dispatches from Somewhere Else. Based on my on-going experiences as an everyman in New Jersey politics, these Dispatches review the hollowness of... more »

Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

“The good news of tonight is that these problems are fixable.” - Gov. Chris Christie

- PolitickerNJ.com

Poll

Who would you back for Governor of NJ in this 2017 general election dream match-up?:

Resources

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources