Bloomberg pumps $1 million to boost Booker candidacy
October 7th, 2013
10:34 AM ET
6 months ago

Bloomberg pumps $1 million to boost Booker candidacy

Washington (CNN) –  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is spending $1 million to run a TV ad to boost Newark Mayor Cory Booker in his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.

Booker is running in the Oct. 16 special election against Republican Steve Lonegan to fill the remainder of the term of longtime Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died earlier this year.

The ad touts Booker, a Democrat, as someone capable of reaching across party lines to get results.

"In a divided Washington a senator to get things done," says the narrator in the ad, touting his bipartisan efforts in Newark to reform its school system, his championing of expanded background checks for gun purchases, a priority for Bloomberg, and working with the private sector to create jobs. The commercial calls Booker "a leader to put progress ahead of partisanship."

The ad buy in the New York City and Philadelphia TV markets is from Bloomberg's Independence USA PAC.

In an interview with the New York Times, which first reported on the commercial, the independent Bloomberg praised Booker for being able to solve problems.

"He changed the zeitgeist from ‘Newark is ungovernable" to ‘Newark is governable," Bloomberg said.

While Booker, in his second term as Mayor of Newark, was considered a lock for the seat, his lead – although still substantial -  has shrunk in two most recent polls in the race. Booker now holds 12 and 13 point leads over Lonegan, the former mayor of the northern New Jersey town of Bogota.

Lonegan's campaign is trying to raise money off the news. A Lonegan fundraising email to supporters Monday was titled "Democrat Cory Booker's Allies Panic in Senate Race."


Filed under: 2013 • Cory Booker • Michael Bloomberg
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Data Driven

    Sheesh, how much money does Booker require? Isn't he ahead of the Republican guy by, like, a thousand percentage points in the polls?

    I guess players like Blomberg know a reliably pliable puppet when they see one. I really wish Jersey could get a better Democrat.

    October 7, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It appears that democrats have tried to reach across party line, but no one is home on the other side. You would think that New Jersey would vote for Booker as they have seen enough of the Cruz clone, Lonegan.

    October 7, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Have you heard Booker's opponent, Lonegan, talk yet? He's yet another Tea Party candidate who wants to prove to himself and his supporters that he can trash the party by throwing the tea overboard like the best of them. I suppose that Mr. Mayor has decided on the lesser of two evils. He had a choice between a democrats or a plutocrat. He chose the former.

    October 7, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    I get the daily displeasure of hearing Lonagans liefest on the radio. He is gonna lose BIG TIME but will air these desperate GOP talking points to the bitter end

    October 7, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "While Booker, in his second term as Mayor of Newark, was considered a lock for the seat, his lead – although still substantial – has shrunk in two most recent polls in the race. Booker now holds 12 and 13 point leads over Lonegan, the former mayor of the northern New Jersey town of Bogota."

    The election is in less than two weeks. Shrinking polls numbers, CNN?

    October 7, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. Sniffit

    "And what is this drivel that we have never negotiated when the debt ceiling comes up? There have been several occasions where this has happened."

    Never in the country's history has one party held the debt ceiling hostage and demanded that they get what they want or the country defaults on its debts. NEVER. All previous compromises were initiated and carried out with both sides behaving in good faith, not premised on one party demanding complete and utter satisfaction of their ideological agenda (i.e., total destruction of the ACA) in order to do their freekin job, fund the gov't and protect the full faith and credit of the USA. This extortion game cannot under any circumstances be allowed to succeed or precedent is set that it is now a "tool" to be used EVERY SINGLE TIME. What incentive will there ever be to pass a long term budget if the GOP/Teatrolls know that every three months they can demand that they be given goodies in order to pay them for voting to fund the gov't? What incentive will anyone ever have to reduce the debt ceiling if the debt ceiling needing to be raised will always and forever be considered a bargaining chip that the GOP/Teatrolls can use to demand that they are given goodies in order to pay them for voting to avoid the country defaulting on its debts? NONE. The games ends here, and if the GOP/Teatrolls want to force it to a lengthy shutdown and default, THEY OWN IT. They can either enjoy the backlash or blink first. Period.

    October 7, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Let me guess, Cruz/Lonegan 2016.

    October 7, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. Data Driven

    @Sniffit,

    Great post. Folks like Tom need to understand that the time for false equivalencies has passed. One either supports Boehner's rebellion, or one doesn't. Some conservatives think a quote from then-Senator Obama is the equivalent of Democrats extorting policy nuggets before Congress does its Constitionally prescribed job. It's not equivalent.

    October 7, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. Gunderson

    Well Golle,
    No matter who is elected we probably have a good choice. Not sure Booker will tow the Liberal line.

    October 7, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Data Driven posted:

    Great post. Folks like Tom need to understand that the time for false equivalencies has passed. One either supports Boehner's rebellion, or one doesn't. Some conservatives think a quote from then-Senator Obama is the equivalent of Democrats extorting policy nuggets before Congress does its Constitionally prescribed job. It's not equivalent.
    ----------------–
    What some conservatives fail to realize is that then-Senator Obama was criticizing raising the debt ceiling because the annual budget deficit was *growing* at a rate of 7-9% each and every Bush was in the White House. Today, the deficit is *shrinking*.

    October 7, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. TheObserver

    Oh and if you couldn't figure it out from the last 40 years of Federal politics in America, money is power, not knowledge.

    October 7, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    As long as Booker does not parrot Bloomberg's positions on soda, he's fine.

    October 7, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Gunnysack – What is the liberal line you allude to? Shrinking deficits? How about ending unnecessary wars, saving the housing industry, saving the auto industry, working for the American people, looking out for our seniors and veterans, eliminating terrorists, etc.? Is the conservative line only attacking women's rights?

    October 7, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  14. just saying

    wow.... it is getting very very expensive to spread leftist lies and con the people.

    October 7, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. John in Brooklyn

    Bloomberg's contribution is emblematic of the kind of tectonic shift that the Tea Party is forcing on the Republican Party. Because of their demand for ideological purity – and their willingness to exact retribution on GOP members who don't adhere to it – the Tea Party is forcing fiscal conservatives away from their traditional GOP home. Fiscal conservatives may differ from progressives in terms of their budget priorities and deficit spending. However, they would NEVER advocate the kind of brinksmanship involving the full faith and credit of the US that the Tea Party is forcing on the GOP today. Watch and see fiscal conservatives begin to drift away from the GOP and don't be surprised if you start seeing them emerge as backers of Democratic candidates and, possibly, or become Democratic candidates themselves. Could we see a Hillary Clinton/Charlie Crist ticket in '16?

    October 7, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. Donna

    I'm sure Cory Booker will make a very fine Harry Reid and Obama sock puppet. The best sock puppet money can buy, right Bloomberg?

    October 7, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. Wake up People!

    Sniffit, you're still my man!!!

    Wire Palladin, where you been?? It's good to see you back!!

    October 7, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. Thomas

    @Gunderson
    Well Golle,
    No matter who is elected we probably have a good choice. Not sure Booker will tow the Liberal line.
    ======

    Is it true Rick Perry was your roommate at Texas A&M , Go Aggies !

    October 7, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. kirk

    Dunna, one mlion pales compared to the 160 million Sheldon threw in, or the hundreds of millions the Koch brothers, the truth is not kind to your posts, reality is priceless, try to keep up

    October 7, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. Cory Bookered - Yes man deluxe

    Now that Cory Booker has been Cory Bookered by Obama and he now knows his place, he is ready to be granted admittance to the Democrat plantation. He nows knows his place and has promised to never speak his mind again without first getting clearance from the Obama administration. Yes, a perfect representative for the far left, but not for New Jersey.

    October 7, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. Thomas

    @Donna
    I'm sure Cory Booker will make a very fine Harry Reid and Obama sock puppet. The best sock puppet money can buy, right Bloomberg?
    ====

    You have to be a guy , a woman would not write the way you do .

    October 7, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Cory – I think you are talking about the sock puppet for the Kochs, Lonegan.

    October 7, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. Thomas

    @Cory Bookered – Yes man deluxe
    Now that Cory Booker has been Cory Bookered by Obama and he now knows his place, he is ready to be granted admittance to the Democrat plantation. He nows knows his place and has promised to never speak his mind again without first getting clearance from the Obama administration. Yes, a perfect representative for the far left, but not for New Jersey.
    =====

    Do you know Donna personally ?

    October 7, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |