Big names at Cory Booker's Jersey City rally, but no Cory Booker

By David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger
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on September 19, 2013

Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago and the former White House chief of staff for President Obama, will stump for Cory Booker Friday in Jersey City. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

NEWARK — Rahm Emanuel is well-known to Democrats around the country and by now, Steven Fulop is well-known to Democrats around the state.

So when the mayor of Chicago and the mayor of Jersey City appear together Friday to stump for Cory Booker, their collective firepower should be enough to rally Booker's supporters.

It will have to be, because Booker won't be there.

The Newark mayor and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate will be at the Temple Night Club in San Francisco at a fundraiser held by the "San Francisco Young Professionals for Cory Booker."

The Booker campaign confirmed the mayor would not be in town when Emanuel, President Obama's former chief of staff, and Fulop rally the troops at Jersey City's new Bistro, outside the Grove Street PATH station.

Rick Shaftan, a senior adviser to Republican candidate Steve Lonegan, said Booker's absence "signals contempt."

"Of all the years I’ve been in politics, I’ve never heard of candidates not showing up to their own campaign rallies," Shaftan said.

Booker campaign spokesman Kevin Griffis dismissed Shaftan's complaint.

"To paraphrase Jon Stewart, if Cory Booker made it rain cookies, the Lonegan campaign would accuse the mayor of causing a milk shortage," Griffis said. "We look forward to the day when the Lonegan campaign spends an hour or two talking about a positive message for the state, instead of wasting all its time on negative personal attacks that aren't working."

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commented 2013-12-22 11:18:16 -0800
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