Booker grabs Ledger, Inky, Courier Post and APP endorsements

By Darryl R. Isherwood | October 6th, 2013


Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who polls show up by about 13 points in his bid for U.S. Senate, today grabed the endorsements of four major newspapers covering the state.

The Star Ledger, Philadelphia Inquirer, Courier Post and Asbury Park Press all gave the nod to Booker over Republican challenger Steve Lonegan in the upcoming election for U.S. Senate.

"So if you want to reinforce the partisan divisions that are crippling this great nation, Lonegan is your man," the Ledger wrote after outlining Lonegan's Libertarian principles and what the editorial board said was his unwillingness to compromise.

Of Booker, the board said he would carry a record of bipartisanship to the U.S. Senate.

"Booker is a practical politician who looks for opportunities to make bipartisan deals," the Ledger wrote. "He was a key ally of Gov. Chris Christie in the fight to scale back benefits for public workers, a policy that most Democrats opposed. He supports the promising education reforms that Christie is pushing in cities like Newark, including the expansion of charter schools, reform of tenure and merit pay for the best teachers. He infuriated orthodox Democrats by objecting to President Obama’s demagogic attacks on Wall Street.

"The Inquirer's board said Booker would bring positive experience from his tenure as Newark mayor to the job."Booker's Senate platform reflects his experience addressing Newark's problems," The Inquirer endorsement said. "He supports the Affordable Care Act, having increased the availability of health care as mayor, which reduced expensive emergency-room visits. Beyond punishing crime, he wants to reduce recidivism with more effective prison counseling and education. A supporter of urban farms as mayor, he would back efforts to reduce the nation's carbon footprint as a senator."

The Asbury Park Press scolded Booker for taking the race for granted, allowing Lonegan to close in the polls while hammering the Newark mayor's record, but nevertheless called Booker the "clear choice" for the job.

"Booker has been wounded, but he clearly is a far better choice for the Senate seat than Lonegan, whose conservative views on most social and economic issues are out of step with the majority of people in New Jersey."

The special election to fill the seat vacated with the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg is set for Wed. Oct. 16.

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commented 2013-12-23 11:17:54 -0800
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