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Cory Booker Holds Strong Lead In NJ Senate Race

Newark Mayor Cory Booker is currently leading prospective opponents for the Democratic nomination for Senate in New Jersey:

Newark Mayor Cory Booker has a 43-point lead over his closest competitor in a 2014 Democratic primary for New Jersey’s Senate seat, a new poll shows.

Half of all Democratic voters in New Jersey said they would back Booker in a primary, compared to just seven percent for Rep. Frank Pallone and four percent for Rep. Rush Holt. About a third of Democratic primary voters are undecided, according to the Fairleigh Dickinson University poll.

Much of this is a reflection of Booker’s name recognition, of course, and we’re likely to see the race tighten once New Jerseyans actually start focusing on it. Nonetheless. the Newark Mayor is in an excellent position at the moment.

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  1. legion says:

    Much of this is a reflection of Booker’s name recognition

    Methinks the best thing the NJ-GOP can do now is recruit Snooki to run…

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  2. Gustopher says:

    Much of this is a reflection of Booker’s name recognition

    Also, he’s pulled about a quarter of the state’s residents out of burning buildings by this point.

    People are going to be so disillusioned when it is revealed that it was Cory Booker going around setting the fires in the first place. It’s the only explanation for why he’s always there.

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  3. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Gustopher:

    It’s the only explanation for why he’s always there.

    Well, it is Newark.

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  4. socraticsilence says:

    @Gustopher: Newark could just be constantly on fire.

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  5. Gromitt Gunn says:

    @Gustopher: This mirrors my theory that Jessica Fletcher was actually a serial killer with Dissociative Identity Disorder, and the Jessica personality was the only one of the identities unaware of the others.

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  6. Tsar Nicholas says:

    Booker is an interesting character. Although in a sentient world running an unmitigated disaster zone such as Newark would be a negative, for Booker obviously it’ll be a political badge of honor.

    And when Booker takes that Senate seat he automatically will become a viable Prez contender and potentially the bane of Hillary Clinton’s existence (and Cuomo’s, O’Malley’s, etc.). Politics by pure racial identity is a loaded game.

    Booker seems like a nice enough fellow and I’m sure in his heart he means well. There also have been various indications from him of cognitive clarity, on various kitchen table domestic issues, which in the event he were to become POTUS would be a welcome change.

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  7. Gustopher says:

    @Gromitt Gunn: Jessica Fletcher was simply a serial killer who framed others for her countless murders (Sometimes she solved murders by other people as a cover)

    So serial-killer/detective/writer.

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  8. edmondo says:

    Wow. A black Obama!

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  9. legion says:

    @Tsar Nicholas:

    Although in a sentient world running an unmitigated disaster zone such as Newark would be a negative, for Booker obviously it’ll be a political badge of honor.

    Huh. Just like GWBush’s business and personal disasters made him eminently qualified for the Presidency?

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