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Senator Booker Gets To Work

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Cory Booker is officially New Jersey’s new Senator Elect who will effectively take the senate seat once he is sworn in which many speculate can be by the end of next week. In order for this to take place however, New Jersey first has to certify the election, and then Washing D.C. has to officially swear him in.

Since Democrats in the Senate are pushing hard for the majority vote, its assumed that they will waste little time getting him to the capital and getting him in that seat.

So what exactly awaits Cory Booker once he heads off to Washington D.C? It’s no surprise that the government shutdown is one issue that the former mayor will have to face even though President Obama signed a bill that ends the 16-day partial government shutdown and raises the debt ceiling. Now, the debt cushion extends through February 7, with current spending levels being authorized through January 15. This means a few months of breathing room, but it’s also likely that there will be more negotiations to come in the New Year.

Another matter awaiting Booker in Washington is Obamacare which is still a contentious issue in the senate which he will have to defend.

In addition, it looks like Booker will be hitting the campaign trail again sooner rather than later. Five months from now are the primaries, though Booker isn’t expected to have a strong opponent, he is still going to have to get back out there and campaign. Then, a few months after that in November, Booker is up for reelection in the November general elections. As a result, Booker will be back to campaigning practically immediately after being sworn in.

Republican Strategist, Sean DiSomma, Democratic Strategist Mike Murphy and Essex County Freeholder and former Statewide Director for Lautenberg Brendan Gill all chimed in on this latest special election.

One thing specifically that has a lot of people talking is the way that the Garden State votes were divided. It seems that mostly urban areas voted for Booker while the middle class suburbs went with Lonegan. So how can Booker represent the entire state of New Jersey when it’s largely middle class and working class taxpayers that are the ones paying for a lot of the failed policies in New Jersey cities?

“Mayor Booker performed very well across the board. He actually outperformed democratic performance in counties like Monmouth and Morris which no one would consider to be urban counties.” Gill said.

Mike Murphy backed up this statement. “That’s historically true for 50 years, that’s the game plan. Democrats do well in urban areas and republicans do better in suburban areas, but Brendan’s point is extremely well taken in that 48,000 voters in Monmouth County voted for Cory Booker.”

DiSomma saw it a bit differently. “Booker was the rock star candidate running against a nominal candidate. Cory booker showed that he has a glass jaw and has no ability to ultimately get things done as he’s shown in Newark. When you look at the suburban and urban split, Cory Bookers margin came out of Essex County, Union County and Hudson County. That’s who he’s ultimately gonna serve and pander to as he’s used to doing. He showed last night he’s an underperforming candidate, that nobody has ever run in New Jersey with the national profiling that Cory Booker had, the Hollywood money that Cory Booker had, and be able to outspend such a nominal candidate.” He said.

These comments are in reference to the fact that under Booker’s leadership Newark still has a 15% unemployment rate which is double the national average, a murder rate that is excessive, crime ridden streets and a high percentage of high school dropouts.

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