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NJ Makes 14: Gay Marriage Comes to Garden State

Chris Christie drops appeal; Cory Booker ties some knots

(Newser) - New Jersey officially became the 14th state to allow same-sex marriage today, and it looks like it's going to stay that way. Gov. Chris Christie this morning ordered his administration to drop its appeal of the state Supreme Court decision allowing the unions, Bloomberg reports. The move follows a... More »

Cory Booker Wins Senate Seat for NJ

Democrat to replace Frank Lautenberg for 15 months

(Newser) - Newark mayor Cory Booker has won a special election to represent New Jersey in the Senate, giving the rising Democratic star a bigger political stage after a race against conservative Steve Lonegan, a former small-town mayor. Booker, 44, will become the first black senator from New Jersey. A vegetarian with... More »

Cory Booker's Dad Dies, 6 Days Before Election

Cary Booker was one of IBM's first black executives

(Newser) - Cory Booker has to temporarily put the brakes on his campaign for a Senate seat in New Jersey just six days before the special election. His father, Cary Booker, has died after suffering a stroke in Las Vegas, reports USA Today . The elder Booker also had Parkinson's disease. Cary... More »

Booker 'Ambiguous, Weird' About Sexuality: Opponent

Steve Lonegan responds to Newark mayor's recent quote

(Newser) - Cory Booker recently said he doesn't mind at all if people think he's gay, and his Republican opponent for Frank Lautenberg's Senate seat thinks that's "weird." Here's what Booker said, in a Washington Post profile:
  • "People who think I’m gay, some
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Progressives Hate the Idea of Sen. Cory Booker

He's more interested in the wealthy than the poor is a common refrain

(Newser) - Cory Booker now looks poised to become Senator Cory Booker in this fall's special election in New Jersey, a feat that would make the high-profile Newark mayor only the fourth black person elected to the Senate. So why are there so many raspberries coming from the left after last... More »

Cory Booker Easily Wins Senate Primary

He takes big step closer to becoming Senator Booker in October

(Newser) - No contest: Cory Booker won the Democratic primary for a Senate seat in New Jersey so easily tonight that the AP called it just 45 minutes after the polls closed and with just 7% of returns in, reports the Star-Ledger. The Newark mayor beat two congressmen and the state Assembly... More »

Cory Booker: Yep, I'm Running

Newark mayor says he wants Senate seat in New Jersey

(Newser) - Newark Mayor Cory Booker surprised precisely nobody today by formally announcing that he's running for New Jersey's open Senate seat, reports Politico . “I’m here today because I know who we are, and what we are capable of,” he declared. The move was so expected that... More »

Lautenberg's Death Opens 'Pandora's Box' for Christie

All paths to a new senator are thorny for potential 2016 candidate

(Newser) - Following the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg , the ball is in Chris Christie's court—but the next move is a dicey one for a man seen as poised for a presidential run. A number of options are open to the Republican governor, the New York Times reports. If he... More »

Lautenberg, 89, Won't Run for Re-Election in Senate

Democrat's decision paves way for Cory Booker

(Newser) - Liberal stalwart Sen. Frank Lautenberg says he won't run for re-election to his New Jersey seat in 2014, reports the Star-Ledger . The 89-year-old ended the speculation weeks after Newark Mayor Cory Booker made it clear he'd like to run if Lautenberg stepped down. Who knows, maybe this sets... More »

Geraldo: I Might Run for Senate

Rivera says he's 'truly' considering a run in New Jersey

(Newser) - None other than Geraldo Rivera says he's considering a run for US Senate in New Jersey. "Buckle your seat belts!" said Rivera as he announced on his radio show on WABC-AM in New York that he is "truly contemplating" a Senate bid. He said he has... More »

Milestone: 2 Black Senators to Serve at Same Time

Cowan's appointment makes some history

(Newser) - The pick of William "Mo" Cowan to fill John Kerry's Senate seat in Massachusetts results in a little American history being made, notes Bloomberg . For the first time ever, two black senators will serve at the same time. Cowan joins Tim Scott of South Carolina , who got picked... More »

NJ Dem Tapped for Vast Task of Unseating Christie

Tough fight ahead for Barbara Buono

(Newser) - New Jersey's Democrats have picked somebody for the David-vs.-Goliath task of taking on the man polls show is the country's most popular governor—and possibly its most popular Republican. State Sen. Barbara Buono has won the support of the Democratic Governors' Association and state Democratic groups, making... More »

Cory Booker Rescues Freezing Dog

Even as Frank Lautenberg questions his job performance

(Newser) - Cory Booker revived his part-time superhero act last night, coming to the rescue of a dog that been left out in the freezing cold. The Newark mayor was alerted to the pooch's plight via his usual bat signal: Twitter. A reporter from WABC 7 spotted the dog and tweeted... More »

Get Ready for Another Black President in 2016

Ben Smith thinks that the Democrats, at least, are sure to nominate a black person

(Newser) - Historically speaking, the next president will probably be the same race as the current one; after all, it's happened 42 of the last 43 times. That's a joke, of course, but Ben Smith at BuzzFeed thinks there's actually a pretty good chance the next president will be... More »

GOP: Obama Wants to Sail Right Over Cliff

Barrasso sees political gold at bottom for president

(Newser) - Whether he gets "that for free" or not, President Obama has no interest in averting the fiscal cliff, says the No. 4 Republican in the Senate. "I think he sees a political victory at the bottom of the cliff," Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso told Fox News today,... More »

Cory Booker: I'm Exploring Senate Run

Newark mayor looks to replace fellow Dem Frank Lautenberg in 2014

(Newser) - Cory Booker has made his decision : The popular Newark mayor will explore a run for the Senate, he announced today. "Let there be no doubt: I will complete my full second term as mayor of Newark, New Jersey," Booker says in a YouTube video and website post today.... More »

Alan Simpson: Tax Hikes for Rich, or Drinks on Me

Erskine Bowles increasingly confident now that parties 'starting to tango'

(Newser) - It's just another Sunday teetering on the fiscal cliff, with the Hill reporting that both Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles are indicating that tax hikes for the rich were a foregone conclusion. “I think Erskine and I both agree that if anybody out there who is, quote, rich... More »

Cory Booker's Food Stamp Regret: I Didn't Buy Eggs

Newark mayor thinks he should have clipped coupons, too

(Newser) - Cory Booker began his food stamp challenge yesterday, showing off his decidedly modest grocery haul for the week to the New Jersey Star-Ledger . The vegetarian mayor spent $29.78 on an assortment that included 17 cans of beans, seven yams, two bags of frozen vegetables, and two apples. "If... More »

Booker Maneuver Sparks Near-Riot at City Hall

He casts rare vote on council to help political ally gain seat

(Newser) - A dramatic scene at Newark's city hall last night: During a meeting to appoint a new council member, Mayor Cory Booker pulled a behind-the-scenes move that caused outraged citizens to storm the dais, knocking over a podium and prompting police to use pepper spray, reports NJ.com . Two candidates... More »

Cory Booker to Live Off Food Stamps

Takes on week-long challenge after Twitter debate

(Newser) - In the latest adventures of Cory Booker, the Newark mayor—who tends to be at the center of the action —is set to undergo a food-stamp challenge. After a Twitter user told him that "nutrition is not the responsibility of the government," their back-and-forth resulted in a... More »

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