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Cory Booker
Cory Booker.jpg
U.S. Senate, New Jersey
Incumbent
In office
October 31, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorFrank Lautenberg (D)
Elections and appointments
First electedOctober 16, 2013
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
2007-2013
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Cory Anthony Booker (b. April 27, 1969, in Washington, D.C) is a U.S. Senator, representing the state of New Jersey. He won a special election to replace Frank Lautenberg, who died in June 2013. He is the first black man to be elected to the Senate since Barack Obama in 2004.[1]

On June 8, 2013, he announced his candidacy for United States Senate in the special election in New Jersey.[2][3][4] He won the Democratic nomination in the primary on August 13, 2013.[5] He defeated Steve Lonegan (R) and Independent candidates Robert Depasquale, Eugene Martin Lavergne, Stuart David Meissner, Pablo Olivera, Antonio Sabas and Edward Stackhouse, Jr. in the general election on October 16, 2013.[6] He was sworn into office on October 31, 2013.[7]

Booker is a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking re-election to the U.S. Senate from New Jersey.[8] He ran uncontested for the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014.[9]

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Booker serves on the following committees:[10]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Cory Booker's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Booker is a Moderate Liberal. Booker received a score of 72 percent on social issues and 32 percent on economic issues.[11]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[12]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Neutral
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Favors Expand the military Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Favors Stay out of Iran Strongly Favors
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[11]

Controversy

Christie inauguration

Booker announced in January 2014 that he would not attend Gov. Chris Christie's inaugural address.[13]

Booker's press secretary Monique Waters released a statement on January 21, 2014, saying, "Sen. Booker has back-to-back meetings and will not be in attendance."[13]

Challenge to election

On October 16, 2013, five of the Independent candidates filed a petition with the secretary of the Senate to challenge the special election.[14]

The complaint brought the election's validity into question based on three main issues, and it called on the Senate to label the results as “void.”[14]

The candidates believed that the election results were invalid based on the following three problems with the election process: "The use of electronic voting machines with no paper backup that will not be 'impounded,' that independent candidates weren’t included in the two debates and that the Republican candidate appears in the first two spaces on ballots, despite a low turnout during the primary."[14]

The petition also sought to have the Senate vote to keep Jeffrey Chiesa in office until after an investigation was completed.[14]

Sued by National Review

On September 11, 2013, Rich Lowry, the editor of National Review, made an announcement that it would sue Booker, along with the Newark Police Department and the City of Newark, for records related to Booker's claims that he held a dying Wazn Miller after Miller was shot on the streets in Newark in 2004.[15][16]

The announcement came in a post on the National Review website, and according to reports by Politico, is the result of repeated attempts by reporters from the National Review to access documents related to Miller's unsolved murder in order to substantiate Booker's claims he was with Miller as he died.[16]

One of National Review's reporters stated, "It should be easy to get more information about the Miller case. New Jersey is an open-records state. Yet for weeks now, we have been stonewalled and given the run-around by everyone we’ve asked for help in obtaining the relevant police records. We’ve asked nicely, we’ve asked firmly, we’ve asked in every way imaginable, but gotten nowhere. It is much easier to learn about the most sensitive aspects of top-secret national-security programs than it is to get Newark police records related to that day."[16]

After filing the suit, National Review, was able to gain a copy of the police report.[17] The police report contradicted pieces of Booker's account of the event, including his claims that he held Miller while he was dying, the number of gunshots and that he was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the police report, a female bystander held Miller and he was later pronounced dead at the hospital.[17]

The Booker campaign continued to defend Booker's version of the event. The campaign’s communications director Kevin Griffis stated, “It’s clear from the police report, as well as the statements of police who were on the scene, that the mayor’s description of the incident is accurate.” James Allen, a spokesman for Booker, added, “The police reports make clear that Mayor Booker acted courageously, taking action and aiding the victim at the shooting scene until officers and EMTs arrived.”[17]

Waywire association

Booker announced on September 6, 2013, that his association with the Internet start-up firm, Waywire, would be coming to an end.[18] He had received criticism from both parties for spending time forming and fundraising for the company rather than focusing his complete attention his full-time job as mayor.

In Booker's statement, he said that he would donate his share of ownership in the company, which he estimated to be worth $1-5 million, to charity.[18] Kevin Griffis, Booker's campaign spokesman, explained, “These steps are being taken to remove even the perception that the mayor’s attention would be diverted from his job as senator or that he would stand to personally benefit in any way from his holdings in the company.”[18]

Invention of T-Bone

Booker was accused of inventing a street character, "T-Bone," for dramatic effect in personal anecdotes.[19][20] In many of his speeches as mayor, Booker recounted stories of T-Bone. In one such story, he explained, "I walked up to this charismatic black guy my age called T-Bone, who was one of the drug lords... I just said, ‘Yo, man, wha’s up.’ And he leaped in front of me, looked me right in the eye and said, ‘Who the blank do you think you are? If you ever so much as look at me again, I’m going to put a cap in your ass.'" Booker claimed that he later befriended T-Bone, who at one point, "bit down hard on his lip and he burst into tears and he started crying and sobbing into my dashboard."[19]

One article from National Review cited Clement Price, a supporter of Booker, stating that "Booker conceded to him in 2008 that T-Bone was a 'composite' of several people he’d met while living in Newark."[19] However, Booker never publicly admitted that T-Bone was fictitious, and was instead quoted saying that he was "both '1,000 percent real' but also an 'archetype' symbolic of Newark’s plight."[19]

Mocking from Rand Paul

In 2013, Senator Rand Paul (KY) traveled to New Jersey to help campaign for Booker's challenger, Steve Lonegan (R), in the special election for New Jersey's U.S. Senate seat. In one speech, Paul joked that Booker had "an imaginary friend with imaginary problems," referring to Booker's dramatic stories about "T-Bone," the alleged drug lord and friend of Booker.[21] Paul, along with many others, speculated that Booker had invented the character, and Booker even admitted to one of his supporters that T-Bone was actually a composite of different people that he had met. Paul discounted Booker's stories as falsehoods, telling Politico, "If Cory will introduce me to T-Bone when I get there, I’d love to meet T-Bone. If T-Bone’s not real, maybe we need to get Mr. Booker to talk about real problems."[21]

Snowstorm 2014

Booker announced on Twitter that he would assist the elderly in Newark by shoveling snow following the snowstorm in January 2014. Booker was mayor of Newark before winning the special election in 2013. He invited others to meet up and join his crew. One woman tweeted him, asking for help for her grandparents. Booker responded to the woman, saying he would be there in 30 minutes.[22]

Elections

2016

In August 2013, Booker ruled out a run on the ticket of the presidential campaign in 2016.[23] When asked whether he would rule out running himself or being the vice presidential nominee, Booker answered, “Absolutely yes, unequivocally," adding that his focus was on winning the seat and serving six years, which is a full Senate term.[23]

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in New Jersey, 2014

Booker is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, to represent New Jersey. Booker ran uncontested for the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2013

See also: United States Senate special election in New Jersey, 2013

Booker ran for U.S. Senate in the special election for the seat left vacant by the death of Frank Lautenberg (D).[2] Booker defeated U.S. Representatives Rush D. Holt, Jr. and Frank Pallone and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver for the Democratic party nomination in the primary election on August 13, 2013.[5][24][25] He defeated Steve Lonegan (R) and Independent candidates Robert Depasquale, Eugene Martin Lavergne, Stuart David Meissner, Pablo Olivera, Antonio Sabas and Edward Stackhouse, Jr. in the general election on October 16, 2013.[6]

U.S. Senate, New Jersey Special General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCory Booker 54.9% 740,742
     Republican Steve Lonegan 44% 593,684
     Independent Edward C. Stackhouse 0.4% 5,138
     Independent Robert DePasquale 0.2% 3,137
     Independent Stuart Meissner 0.2% 2,051
     Independent Pablo Olivera 0.1% 1,530
     Independent Antonio Sabas 0.1% 1,336
     Independent Eugene LaVergne 0.1% 1,041
Total Votes 1,348,659
Source: Official results via New Jersey Division of Elections[26]
U.S. Senate, New Jersey Special Democratic Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCory Booker 59.2% 216,936
Frank Pallone 19.8% 72,584
Rush Holt 16.8% 61,463
Sheila Oliver 4.3% 15,656
Total Votes 366,639
Source: Official Election Results from New Jersey Division of Elections[27]

Endorsements

Cancelled appearance by Biden

Vice President Joe Biden's planned visit to New Jersey on October 11, 2013, to help campaign for Booker, was canceled due the government shutdown.[28]

Mo Cowan

Just weeks before leaving office as the interim Senator in Massachusetts, Mo Cowan endorsed Booker on June 4, 2013, for the seat.[29] Cowan observed that he had been the eighth black U.S. Senator, and continued by saying “As I vacate the hallowed halls of Congress, perhaps he’ll come in not too late after me and continue I hope is a very popular trend in the Congress, particular in the Senate, which is to continue to show representation of all people."[29] On June 9, 2013, Booker received the backing of George E. Norcross III, an insurance executive and hospital chairman who is seen as "the most powerful figure in New Jersey Democratic politics" according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.[30]

Polls

November 2012 (Post-Superstorm Sandy)

Between November 14-17 2012, Rutgers and the Eagleton Institute of Politics surveyed 1,228 registered New Jersey voters through live telephone interviews. The respondents were given a series of hypothetical match-ups between incumbent Chris Christie and five potential Democratic candidates, and asked which of the two candidates they would vote for in the 2013 election. The margin of error was +/- 2.9%. [31]

Hypothetical match-ups for Governor of New jersey
Cory BookerRichard CodeyBarbara BuonoLou GreenwaldTom Byrne
Percent of the vote34%31%22%21%22%
Chris Christie's percent of the vote53%56%60%60%58%
Undecided9%10%10%15%16%

October 2012

Between October 10-14 2012, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,405 registered New Jersey voters through live telephone interviews. The respondents were give a series of hypothetical match-ups between incumbent Chris Christie and four potential Democratic candidates, and asked which of the two candidates they would vote for in the 2013 election. The margin of error was +/- 2.6%. Leading the pack of likely challengers was Booker, who trailed Christie 46-42. A similar survey conducted in early September had Booker behind seven percentage points.[32][33]

Hypothetical match-ups for Governor of New jersey
Cory BookerRichard CodeyBarbara BuonoLou Greenwald
Percent of the vote42%41%33%31%
Chris Christie's percent of the vote46%47%49%50%
Undecided11%11%17%17%

July 2011

Between July 15-18, 2011, Public Policy Polling surveyed 480 New Jersey voters. The respondents were give a series of hypothetical match-ups between incumbent Chris Christie and four potential Democratic candidates, and asked which of the two candidates they would vote for.[34]

Hypothetical match-ups for Governor of New jersey
Cory BookerFrank PalloneBruce SpringsteenSteve Sweeney
Percent of the vote47%43%42%40%
Chris Christie's percent of the vote43%43%42%42%
Undecided10%14%15%18%


2013 Special Election

General election

Special election general election match-up
Poll Cory Booker Steve LoneganUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Conservative Intel
October 13-14, 2013
52%41%5%+/-3.5778
Quinnipiac University
October 10-14, 2013
53%41%6%+/-2.41,696
Rutgers-Eagleton
October 7-13, 2013
58%36%3%+/-4.3513
Monmouth University
October 10-12, 2013
52%42%6%+/-2.61,393
Rasmussen Reports
October 7, 2013
53%41%5%+/-31,000
Stockton Polling Institute
October 3-8, 2013
50%39%11%+/-3.6729
Quinnipiac University
October 5-7, 2013
53%41%6%+/-3.3899
Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind
September 30-October 5, 2013
45%29%26%+/-3.7702
Monmouth University
September 26-29, 2013
53%40%7%+/-4.1571
AVERAGES 52.11% 38.89% 8.33% +/-3.39 920.11
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Special election general election match-up
Poll Cory Booker Steve LoneganUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
September 19-22, 2013
53%41%6%+/-3.2948
Richard Stockton College
September 15-21, 2013
58%32%8%+/-3.4812
Rutgers-Eagleton
September 3-9, 2013
64%29%7%+/-3.4433
Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind
August 21-27, 2013
50%22%27%+/-3.7700
Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press
August 15-18, 2013
54%38%8%+/-3.7696
Quinnipiac University
August 1-5, 2013
54%29%17%+/-2.22,042
Quinnipiac University
July 2-7, 2013
53%30%13%+/-31,068
Rasmussen Reports
June 12-13, 2013
50%33%17%+/-31,000
Monmouth University
June 10-11, 2013
53%37%10%+/-3.9636
Quinnipiac University
June 7-9, 2013
54%27%19%+/-3.4858
AVERAGES 54.3% 31.8% 13.2% +/-3.29 919.3
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Democratic primary

Special election Democratic primary candidates
Poll Cory Booker Rush HoltFrank PalloneSheila OliverUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
August 1-5, 2013
54%15%17%5%9%+/-2.22,042
Monmouth University
July 11-14, 2013
49%8%12%3%28%+/-4.9403
Quinnipiac University
July 2-7, 2013
52%8%10%3%26%+/-31,068
Kean University
June 18, 2013
49%9%6%9%22%+/-31,000
Rasmussen Reports
June 12-13, 2013
54%11%8%5%18%+/-31,000
Monmouth University
June 10-11, 2013
63%10%8%6%13%+/-3.9636
Rutgers-Eagleton
June 3-9, 2013
55%9%8%0%28%+/-3.3888
Quinnipiac University
June 7-9, 2013
53%10%9%0%23%+/-3.4858
AVERAGES 53.63% 10% 9.75% 3.88% 20.88% +/-3.34 986.88
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Note: The Quinnipiac University poll from June 7-9 and Rutgers-Eagleton poll from June 3-9 were concluded prior to the filing deadline for candidates.


Republican primary

Special election Republican primary candidates
Poll Steve Lonegan Alieta EckUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
August 1-5, 2013
74%10%13%+/-2.22,042
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Booker's reports.[35]

Cory Booker (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[36]October 30, 2013$0.00$1,906,904.17$(267,679.09)$1,639,225.08
July Quarterly[37]December 12, 2013$1,639,225.08$4,623,337.71$(1,729,483.74)$4,533,079.05
Pre-Special[38]August 21, 2013$4,533,079.05$2,116,267.19$(2,590,856.67)$4,058,489.57
Pre-Special[39]December 12, 2013$4,058,489.57$2,860,633.74$(4,286,998.20)$2,632,125.11
October Quarterly[40]December 12, 2013$2,632,125.11$262,380.74$(518,837.37)$2,375,668.48
Post-Special[41]December 12, 2013$2,375,668.48$1,056,412.99$(1,455,017.12)$1,977,064.35
Year-End[42]January 31, 2014$1,977,064.35$203,992.51$(365,352.18)$1,815,704.68
April Quarterly[43]April 15, 2014$1,815,704.68$1,511,667.08$(739,262.43)$2,588,109.33
Running totals
$14,541,596.13$(11,953,486.8)

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Booker's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $222,018 and $730,000. That averages to $476,009, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2012 of $13,566,333.90. Booker ranked as the 83rd most wealthy senator in 2012.[44] Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[45]

Cory Booker Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2012$476,009.00
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Booker is a "moderate Democratic follower" as of July 2014.[46]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[47]

Booker most often votes with:

Booker least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Booker missed 12 of 305 roll call votes from October 2013 to July 2014. This amounts to 3.9 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.0 percent among current senators as of July 2014.[48]

Personal

Father's passing

Booker's father, Cary Booker, passed away on October 10, 2013, just 6 days before the special election for the New Jersey Senate seat.[49] The 76 year old suffered a stroke shortly before his death.[49]

The city of Newark released a statement, commenting that he was a well-regarded member of the community: “Many people in our city came to know and love Cary Booker. Mayor Booker’s father was an inspiration to him, and someone the mayor has often credited with being a principal reason for him entering public service.”[49]

Twitter use

Before Booker was elected to the U.S. Senate, he had already sent out a record number of "tweets" on Twitter. He had logged 3,000 tweets between January 1, 2013, and June 25, 2013, which was nearly twice the record for a U.S. Senator during that same time period.[50] He used his Twitter account for purposes including, "updating his campaign stops, promoting voter registration drives, deflecting romantic entreaties from smitten fans, and broadcasting the philosophical musings of Gautama Buddha, Babe Ruth and, well, himself."[50]

In the U.S. Senate, the top Twitter users included:[50]

Speculation about personal life

Although Booker occasionally made comments about old girlfriends and referred to himself as a "straight male" in an interview, he generally avoided talk of his personal life during his 2013 run for U.S. Senate. This, along with some of Booker's other comments, led to various rumors speculating that he may have been homosexual. However, rather than dispelling these rumors, Booker seemed to welcome them, stating that sexuality should not be important anyway. In one interview with The Washington Post, Booker explained, "And people who think I'm gay, some part of me thinks it's wonderful. Because I want to challenge people on their homophobia. I love seeing on Twitter when someone says I'm gay, and I say, 'So what does it matter if I am? So be it. I hope you are not voting for me because you are making the presumption that I'm straight.'"[51]

During the 2013 special election in which Booker won his U.S. Senate seat, Booker's sexuality became a heated topic of discussion. After Booker admitted to an interviewer from the magazine, Du Jour, that he enjoyed manicures and pedicures, Booker's Republican challenger, Steve Lonegan, commented that this activity was "kind of weird." Booker explained that an ex-girlfriend had introduced him to pedicures, and he added, "It's this guilty pleasure I have. Look, manis are good, but pedis — there's something ... transformative." Lonegan did not say whether or not he believed the rumors of Booker's sexuality, but he speculated that Booker may have been encouraging the rumors because "Maybe that helps to get him the gay vote, by acting ambiguous."[51]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jeff Chiesa (R)
U.S. Senate, New Jersey
October 31, 2013–present
Succeeded by
N/A
Preceded by
Sharpe James
Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
2007-2013
Succeeded by
N/A