The favorite to win the upcoming Democratic U.S. Senate special election primary next week picked up the endorsements of two newspapers over the weekend.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s bid to snag the Democratic ticket in the special election received the backing of the editorial boards at The New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer. Booker is the front-runner in the race to fill the seat temporarily being held by Sen. Jeff Chiesa, (R-N.J.)
The Times wrote that Booker would “be able to use his political star status to fight for the neglected, the powerless, people who are working and people who need to work in New Jersey and nationally.”
The newspaper acknowledged the progressive records of Booker’s opponents, but cited his tenure as mayor as evidence of Booker’s willingness to work hard for the people who elected him.
Similarly, the Inquirer agreed that Booker would be the best progressive to fill the position that opened following the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
“… Booker has the potential to help chart a path toward reinvigorating America’s cities, which have been forgotten by the federal government for too long,” the editorial board argued.
The special primary election is Aug. 13.
Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver and U.S. Reps. Rush Holt and Frank Pallone are the other three candidates vying for the position.