CNN: Booker winner in U.S. Senate contest

NEWARK – Bludgeoned by Bridgegate but still capable of scaring Democrats, Gov. Chris Christie fixed his eyes on far lands tonight, allowing the state’s long-cowed majority party to chest thump around its first statewide win since 2012 with a projected victory by U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) over outgunned Republican challenger Jeff Bell, according to CNN.

The news network flashed Booker’s face onscreen here at the Robert Treat Hotel a minute after the polls closed, with the check mark next to the winner’s box.

Scattered ballroom revelers rejoiced with shouts of joy. CNN: Booker winner in U.S. Senate contest