It was a tough call for the leader of the free world: Newark Mayor Cory Booker who wrapped himself in the Obama mantle in 2008, or movement conservative Steve Lonegan, who’s marched on Washington in defiance of Obama’s policies.
In the end, President Barack Obama had to make a choice.
Obama today officially endorsed Booker for the United States Senate, praising Booker’s work for the underprivileged and his ability to bring people together to create progress.
“Cory Booker has dedicated his life to the work of building hope and opportunity in communities where too little of either existed,” said the president. “Whether as a college student working in East Palo Alto or as mayor of New Jersey’s largest city, Cory has time and again taken on tough challenges, fought for the middle class and those working to join it, and forged coalitions that create progress – and that’s the spirit he’ll carry with him to Washington.
“His passion for his city has helped create new jobs and attract some of America’s top businesses to Newark. Cory will be an important partner in our efforts to reduce gun violence, give every American a fair shot in a global economy, and make our country stronger.”
Despite Obama’s endorsement backfiring for ousted Jersey City Mayor Jerry Healy, Booker welcomed the President’s support.
“I am humbled by President Obama’s endorsement,” Booker said. “If elected this October, I will go to the Senate to advance our shared vision of a nation where opportunity is available to anyone willing to work for it, and to ensure we’re investing in the priorities that helped build America’s middle class. The President has taken on the difficult fights. He worked to turn around our economy, to make high-quality, affordable health care available to every American and to keep our country safe. I look forward to continuing to work with him to advance an agenda that spreads prosperity and ensures that our nation realizes the promise of its founding.”
Timed to nab a headline to blunt the endorsement of Acting U.S. Sen. Jeff Chiesa of Republican Steve Lonegan, the release gave Booker a free campaign day while enabling him to make news.