After receiving the newspaper’s endorsement during the Democratic primary, Newark Mayor Cory Booker has again been endorsed by The New York Times.
The NY Times’ editorial board issued its endorsement for Booker as he and former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan enter the final stretch of New Jersey’s special Senate election. The newspaper endorsed Booker when he ran against three other Democrats over the summer to fill the seat vacated by the death of former Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
The newspaper cited Booker’s ability to bring national attention to Newark that brought jobs and money to the city, in addition to his ability to cross aisles and work with Republican officials such as Gov. Chris Christie as reasons for the endorsement.
“He has also worked well with Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, a good sign that he would be the kind of open-minded, moderating voice Washington so desperately needs,” the endorsement reads.
The paper criticized Lonegan’s views on how to best fix the economy and said he would only “add to the senseless partisanship that has now taken the economy to the brink of disaster.”
The latest poll shows Booker leading Lonegan 53 percent to 41 percent.
The special election is on Oct. 16.