Cory Booker Articles


How Mark Zuckerberg Got Taken for a Ride

Book Review: The Prize, by Dale Russakoff.
12:34 PM, Oct 23, 2015

On a fall afternoon in 2010, the unlikely trio of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, then-Newark Mayor Cory Booker, and Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg took the stage of the Oprah show to declare their plan to remake American urban education.

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The Supporting Actors

Sep 21, 2015

Here are the judgments of several senators on the Obama administration’s Iran deal:

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Bell Leads Booker Among Independents in New Jersey

5:29 AM, Oct 27, 2014

In the latest wave of the New York Times/CBS/YouGov poll, Cory Booker leads Jeff Bell 51-39.

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Jeff Bell's New Pitch

1:09 PM, Oct 14, 2014

Jeff Bell used to email us to pitch articles for THE WEEKLY STANDARD. Now he emails asking for help for a TV buy in his New Jersey Senate race.

Jeff's articles were always interesting and contrarian. His race is, too. With no TV so far, only radio and mail, he's drawn within nine points of Cory Booker. Watch the ad below:

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Feds Investigate Booker-Led Agency

8:41 AM, Oct 14, 2014

Federal authorities are investigating possible corruption in a Newark government agency that was chaired by Democratic senator Cory Booker of New Jersey. The New York Post has the story:

The inquiry centers on alleged misappropriation of taxpayer funds first uncovered by the New Jersey Comptroller’s Office and a local watchdog group.

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Bell Within Single Digits of Booker in New Jersey

10:29 AM, Oct 11, 2014

New Jersey senator Cory Booker, a Democrat, leads his Republican challenger Jeff Bell by just nine points in a new poll from the Stockton Polling Institute. The survey of likely voters found 48 percent supporting Booker and 39 percent supporting Bell. The results show the race tightening from the previous Stockton poll in September, which had Booker leading Bell by 13 points.

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Ad Accuses Booker of 'Making Millions Not Working'

4:06 PM, Oct 09, 2014

A new ad from the conservative American Principles Fund targets New Jersey senator Cory Booker, saying the Democrat is a crooked pol who uses his power to "enrich himself."

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Booker-Bell Really a 5-Point Race

7:28 AM, Oct 02, 2014

The new Quinnipiac poll of the New Jersey Senate contest shows Jeff Bell only 11 points down to Cory Booker, 51 to 40 percent, among likely voters. It goes without saying that a race can move a dozen points in the final five weeks of a campaign—especially when a little known challenger (but one who's well-regarded by those who do know of him) is taking on a pro-Obama incumbent who's barely above 50 percent in an anti-Obama, anti-incumbent year.

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Another Poll Shows Booker Below 50 Percent

2:29 PM, Sep 10, 2014

A new poll of the U.S. Senate race in New Jersey reveals an astonishing trend: Cory Booker, the state's Democratic senator running for a full term this fall, frequently polls below 50 percent support against his Republican challenger, Jeff Bell. The latest survey from Fairleigh Dickinson University shows 42 percent of registered voters say they support Booker, while 29 percent say they support Bell. Twenty-seven percent, meanwhile, say they haven't made up their minds yet.

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Going for the Gold

Jeff Bell’s unorthodox Senate campaign.
Sep 01, 2014

Teaneck, N.J.
"Welcome to our campaign headquarters,” Jeff Bell said to an out-of-town reporter the other evening, standing in the lobby of a convention hotel here, hard off the Interstate. He wasn’t kidding: This is indeed the headquarters of the Jeff Bell for U.S. Senate campaign, for the moment anyway. He could do worse. The lobby is airy and spacious, the bathrooms are clean and commodious, and the location can’t be beat. 

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Inflation and Stagnation: A Political Opportunity?

2:20 PM, Aug 28, 2014

At the Washington Post, Christopher Ingraham demonstrates through one chart "why it feels like the recession never ended."

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GOP Establishment Senses Opportunity in New Jersey

Or does it?
6:14 AM, Aug 27, 2014

Do Washington Republicans smell blood in New Jersey? The National Republican Senatorial Committee, the GOP's Senate campaign apparatus, issued a press release Wednesday knocking New Jersey's Democratic senator Cory Booker for being a "tax & spend liberal."

The release groups Booker with another incumbent Democrat, Alaska's Mark Begich, as two former mayors (of Newark and Anchorage, respectively) with liberal records. Here's an excerpt:

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Rasmussen: Americans Are Worried About Inflation

Majority don't trust Fed to fix it.
12:01 PM, Aug 25, 2014

Things are getting more expensive, and the American people know it. A new poll from Rasmussen Reports found three-quarters of Americans say they are concerned about inflation, with 81 percent saying they are paying more for groceries and 71 percent saying they expect to pay even more for groceries a year from now. Here's more:

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A Jeff Bell Party

6:46 AM, Aug 15, 2014

Matthew Continetti, writing at the Washington Free Beacon, calls Republican Senate candidate Jeff Bell of New Jersey the "most interesting candidate in the world." Here's an excerpt:

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Booker Staffer Says GOP Opponent Can 'Suck It'

12:44 PM, Aug 08, 2014

At National Review Online, Eliana Johnson has a piece documenting many of the unanswered questions about the life and career of New Jersey senator Cory Booker. Johnson provides this example for how the Democratic senator's stories about himself don't always add up:

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Quinnipiac: Bell Within 10 of Booker in New Jersey

2:51 PM, Aug 06, 2014

Republican challenger Jeff Bell trails incumbent New Jersey senator Cory Booker by just 10 points, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac. Among registered voters in the Garden State, just 47 percent say they support Booker, the Democrat who won a special election to the Senate last fall and is running for a full term. At 37 percent support is Bell, a conservative activist who was the GOP nominee for Senate in 1978.

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Booker Still Relatively Weak in New Jersey

10:29 AM, Jul 08, 2014

The New York Post notes a poll released last week that shows Cory Booker, New Jersey's Democratic senator up for reelection this November, with "strikingly soft" support ahead of November:

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NY Post: Bell vs. Booker a 'Clear Choice'

7:41 AM, Jun 24, 2014

In a new editorial, the New York Post notes the odds are stacked against New Jersey's Jeff Bell, the Republican challenger to incumbent Democratic senator Cory Booker:

Booker has a war chest of $2.9 million, against a mere $76,000 for Bell. Booker is a Democratic incumbent running in a mostly blue state where Democratic voters outnumber Republicans by 700,000. And according to a recent Rassmussen poll, 39 percent of New Jerseyans don’t even know who the heck Jeff Bell is.

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Poll: Booker Below 50 Percent in New Jersey

4:15 PM, Jun 19, 2014

Democratic senator Cory Booker of New Jersey won a special election last November with 55 percent of the vote, but the former mayor of Newark is now under 50 percent against a little-known Republican challenger, according to a new poll. Rasmussen Reports finds in a survey of likely voters in New Jersey that Booker has 48 percent support over Republican nominee Jeff Bell, who has 35 percent support. Thirteen percent remain undecided.

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Cory Booker: For Whom the Bell Tolls

10:44 PM, Jun 03, 2014

In the March 10 WEEKLY STANDARD, we wrote ("Get Off the Sidelines," TWS March 10, 2014):  

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Jeff Bell, Dark Horse Candidate in New Jersey

1:29 PM, Mar 24, 2014

Big news: Up in New Jersey, Jeff Bell is running for the Senate.

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Lessons from Lonegan

11:18 AM, Oct 17, 2013

In his concession speech to Senator-elect Cory Booker in Bridgewater, N.J., on election night, Steve Lonegan announced that he would retire from elective politics and enter private business, rather than mount another U.S. Senate race against Booker next year or return to his post as New Jersey director of Americans for Prosperity, a high-profile position he held from 2007 until mid-2013. Whether or not he holds to this withdrawal, conservatives not just in New Jersey but the nation owe Lonegan a debt of gratitude for the underfunded yet exciting campaign he waged, and what it suggests for the future  of Republican politics.

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Senator Cory Booker

8:43 PM, Oct 16, 2013

Cory Booker, the Democratic mayor of Newark, has defeated Republican Steve Lonegan in New Jersey's special election for the U.S. Senate Wednesday night. The Associated Press called the race for Booker just after 9:30 pm.

With 58 percent of precincts reporting, Booker leads Lonegan in the vote, 56 percent to 43 percent.

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Is Cory Booker Overrated?

Yes.
Oct 14, 2013

A five-minute tirade recently unleashed by a Newark resident against Mayor Cory Booker may not have surprised anyone had it remained a local TV news clip. “We are hurting here, this crime is killing us, blood runs on our streets,” the woman moaned to a reporter, responding to a late-summer murder spree. “The sham that has been portrayed about this city, that we’re getting better .  .  . that is a lie!”

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Not All Fat Cats Are Equal

11:44 AM, Oct 08, 2013

Cory Booker is this political season's designated superman.  The stuff of legend.  Kind of guy who hangs out with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.  Does all the cool digital stuff, like tweeting.  (Can you believe it?) A natural.  And so forth.

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'Lackluster Campaign' for Overrated Cory Booker

3:07 PM, Oct 04, 2013

Maggie Haberman reports on Cory Booker's "lackluster campaign" for U.S. Senate:

Cory Booker is all but certain to win the New Jersey special election for U.S. Senate.

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Poll: Booker Lead Down to 12 Points

7:03 AM, Sep 24, 2013

Cory Booker, the Newark mayor and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in New Jersey, has an 12-point lead over his Republican opponent, former Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan, according to a new Quinnipiac poll. Here's more from the Bergen County Record:

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Man of the People

6:28 AM, Aug 14, 2013

To the surprise of nobody, Cory Booker cruised to victory in the New Jersey primary.   He will almost certainly next win a general election and become a United State senator, a job that doesn't seem quite large enough for the man but, then, he is still young.  Booker may soon be the junior senator from New Jersey but his real constituency is so very much larger, as CNN reports:

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Booker Raises $4.6 Million for NJ Senate Race

3:18 PM, Jul 11, 2013

Cory Booker, the Democratic mayor of Newark and a candidate in October's special election for Senate in New Jersey, has raised $4.6 million in campaign funds for the second quarter. USA Today has the story:

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Senator Suggests Cory Booker Needs a 'Spanking' for Threatening to Challenge Him

4:12 PM, Jan 22, 2013

Frank Lautenberg, the 88-year-old New Jersey senator, suggested that Newark mayor Cory Booker needs a "spanking" for threatening to run for the Senate seat he holds.

"I have four children, I love each one of them. I can't tell (you) that one of them wasn't occasionally disrespectful, so I gave them a spanking and everything was OK," Lautenberg tells the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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