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Cory Booker Wins Special U.S. Senate Election in NJ [POLL/AUDIO]

Newark Mayor Cory Booker is heading to Washington as New Jersey’s newest U.S. Senator.

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Booker won a solid, if not spectacular victory over Republican challenger Steve Lonegan in the Special U.S. Senate Race that took place after long-time U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg passed away in June.

“Folks in New Jersey – hundreds of thousands – rejected cynicism and came out and voted. And more than that, you didn’t just vote but you believed that your voice and our vote matter,” said Booker during a 25 minute victory speech.

He told the crowd “you believe you don’t have to resign yourself to what’s wrong, but you can do something. We can do something to make it right – when we come together, when we stand together, when we work together, there is nothing we cannot do or achieve.”

He also said New Jerseyans are well aware of the frustrating narrative that’s infecting politics – that says when they win, we lose – but we are all in this together.

“There is an urgency, we have work to do,” said the Senate-elect. “We must do better because when better is possible, even good is not enough – we are America.”

Booker stressed that America was founded to be great, not good, and this is a time for everyone to work together.

“I will work for all of New Jersey,” he said, “but I’m calling on all New Jersey to remember that democracy is not a spectator sport. You can’t sit on the sidelines and expect 100 Senators to change America. We must change it. We all must join together and push forward because there is work to do – you know there’s work to do.”

Booker also thanked his parents, especially his father, who recently passed away, for teaching him about hard work, humility and love.

 

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