Cory Booker Wins Senate Primary

As expected, Newark Mayor Cory Booker yesterday glided to an easy win in the Democratic primary special election to replace the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

Booker told his supporters Tuesday night after he was declared the winner, “If you want someone in Washington who plays by the same old rules, find someone else. I’m going to the Senate the same way I came to Newark, determined to be a positive force … to be innovative, to be creative, to do what’s necessary to create progress.” Booker, 44, argued that his high profile would allow him to be more effective in Washington. “I find ways to break through the noise of the country and more effectively advocate and get things done,” he told the Asbury Park Press last month.

Winning the GOP primary was Steve Lonegan, the former state director for the right wing group, Americans For Prosperity.