(CNN) – In an announcement with little surprise, President Barack Obama officially endorsed Newark Mayor Cory Booker in the U.S. Senate special election in New Jersey.
The president praised the Democratic mayor for his work in public office in a statement released Wednesday by Booker's campaign.
"Cory Booker has dedicated his life to the work of building hope and opportunity in communities where too little of either existed," Obama said.
The president also argued Booker "will be an important partner in our efforts to reduce gun violence, give every American a fair shot in a global economy, and make our country stronger."
The two-term mayor had a strong presence in Obama's re-election campaign last year and delivered a high-profile speech at the Democratic National Convention.
Last week he won his state's Democratic primary in the special election to replace the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who passed away in early June. The latest poll indicates Booker has a double-digit lead over his Republican opponent, Steve Lonegan, in the largely-blue state.
The special election is set for October 16.
Booker said he was "humbled" by the president's support.
"I look forward to continuing to work with him to advance an agenda that spreads prosperity and ensures that our nation realizes the promise of its founding," he said in a statement.