Booker Snags Senate Seat… And Nearly All of Hudson County Vote
Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) defeated Steve Lonegan (R) in a special Senate race last night to take the spot vacated when Sen. Frank Lautenberg passed away earlier this year.
The Hudson County Clerk’s Office reports that 60,371 voters turned out in Hudson County yesterday (just over 17% of those registered), 3,089 of whom were mail-ins. Results show Booker received 55% of the total vote throughout the state, but in Hudson County he garnered an impressive landslide with over 77% of the votes.
Mayor Steven Fulop was a vibrant supporter of Booker’s – even inviting him for a jog from City Hall to Torico’s back in August for a scoop of ice cream and public endorsement. Booker is expected to return to Jersey City on Sunday for a Barbara Buono campaign event at Brightside Tavern.
“Cory Booker’s victory is not only important nationally as it adds another Democratic Senator to the majority, but it is also great for New Jersey and especially meaningful for Jersey City,” Fulop stated today. “Having a big city mayor as the United States Senator is significant because he has a unique understanding of the issues we face in Jersey City.”
Booker’s win was lauded by a variety of special interest groups, particularly those of environmental such as the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and Sierra Club. LCV President Gene Karpinski said Booker’s win is a sign that America is ready for a new generation of leaders who are committed to combating climate change and investing in our nation’s clean energy future. Jeff Tittel, Director of the Sierra Club New Jersey Chapter, called it a victory for the environment and the people of New Jersey.
Booker, New Jersey’s first African-American Senator and currently the only elected African-American in the upper house, will immediately succeed Lautenberg. Booker is expected to seek a full term in the 2014 election.
Photo courtesy of City of Newark