Cory Booker elected to US Senate becoming state’s first black senator

 

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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.

From Reuters:

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.