Title: The white male progressive liberal in his sixties from Central Jersey who’s a congressman – and whose name is not Rush Holt.
Campaign Status: Most believe he’s in a duel for second place with… some other guy.
Campaign Message: Wake up, New Jersey, Booker is a Manchurian candidate from Wall Street and I am an earnest hard-working regular dude – and a real Democrat.
Irritating Campaign Presences: Vic Scudiery, former chairman of the Monmouth County Democratic Party, running around the state badmouthing the seaside congressman; oh, and Cory Booker.
Biggest Campaign Challenge: Having to listen to Rush Holt declare himself the true progressive in the race at every poorly attended senior citizen campaign forum while a chair with Cory Booker’s name placard in front of it stands empty.
How He’ll Fix it: Election Day Ground Game. The Pallone campaign calculation is that Booker has people from out of town running his campaign who don’t know the Turnpike from the Parkway and will get tangled up in their own feet on Election Day.
Campaign Spin: He’ll win.
The Reality: After a costly statewide effort, he’s got to bulk up monetarily to dampen the enthusiasm of any potential contenders in a CD 6 Democratic Primary next year.
Prognosis: The votes of the Lautenberg Family might secure him the win in a low-turnout Democratic Primary – if they lived in New Jersey.