NEW BRUNSWICK – Newark’s mayor walked into Rutgers University’s student lounge Tuesday to the thunderous chanting of 75 student Democrats repeating the name “Cory Booker, Cory Booker.”
The U.S. Senate hopeful dropped by the campus as part of a homestretch bus tour in the lead up to Wednesday’s special Senate election. The Democratic hopeful told students his “voice is shot” and his “body is tired,” but that he’s fired up for the last leg of the Senate campaign that polls put him at a favorite to win by 10 or more points.
However, it didn’t take long for Booker to have choice words for his opponents, pressing students to understand he’s going up against someone who doesn’t share their values or the values of many New Jerseyans, he said.
“I don’t know what planet he lives on,” Booker said in the room while students packed around him in a circle, telling them that his opponent Steve Lonegan advocates for doing away with certain grants that put students through college.
“I am running against a guy who has very different views,” Booker said. “This is not a Tom Kean Republican, … heck, this is not even a Chris Christie Republican.”
Booker promised the group that come Wednesday night everyone in the nation will be watching New Jersey to see the election results and the cable news networks will be there to report on them.
“The whole nation will be watching this election,” he said, adding, he didn’t know what to expect from Fox News and suggested they may report that “[Republicans] were robbed!”
“Around 9 or 10 o’clock when the results come in there will be pundits on national 24-hour cable stations saying one thing or another, I don’t know what Fox News will be like, we were robbed. … I don’t know what will be said, but everyone should be watching the results.”
The mayor spoke for a little less than 20 minutes before taking pictures with students and heading back on the road.
His next bus tour stop is slated for Newark.