Former Newark, NJ mayor Cory Booker has been unofficially elected to the state’s Senate.
In a special election, the Democrat beat Republican contender Steve Lonegan.
Booker is the state’s first black U.S. senator to be elected.
Booker, a Rhodes scholar and Yale Law school graduate, rocketed to fame as a booster for the state’s largest city, 12 miles from Manhattan, which has struggled with poverty and persistently high crime. His first run for mayor was documented in the Oscar-nominated film “Street Fight.” Booker is known to rub shoulders with celebrities and is a near-constant presence on Twitter.
Booker is one of just two black senators in the congressional body, joining Republican Tim Scott of South Carolina.
He fills the seat formerly held by Democrat Frank Lautenberg, who passed away in June at age 89.
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