October 31st, 2013
09:57 AM ET
12 months ago

Booker's big day in Washington

Updated 10/31/2013 at 11:35 a.m.

Washington (CNN) - He didn't get sworn into the U.S. Senate until Thursday afternoon, but Cory Booker's nameplate was already up hours earlier outside his new office in the Senate Hart office building.

Earlier this month, the two-term Democratic Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, won a special election to serve out the final 14 and a half months of the term of the late Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died in June.

Booker was sworn into the Senate by Vice President Joe Biden. Later in the day Booker heads to the White House for a meeting with President Barack Obama.

Soon after Lautenberg's death, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie named fellow Republican and state Attorney General Jeff Chiesa to temporarily fill the Senate seat. That move reduced the Democratic Party's control of the Senate to 54-46. Booker's entry into the Senate brings the Democrats' majority back to 55-45.

Booker is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party. He's made national headlines in recent years for rescuing a neighbor from a fire and for helping his city dig out from a major snowstorm. But his near celebrity status also opened him to attacks by his critics that he spent far too much time outside of Newark, and that he didnt do enough to stem the city's rising murder rate.

–CNN's Paul Courson contributed to this report.


Filed under: Cory Booker
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Congrats, be strong, cooperative to democrats, united.

    October 31, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  2. S. B. Stein

    Did he get to keep Laughtenberg's office? I know that the more senior the senator (or representative) the better pick of office.

    October 31, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    That was predictable from the git go. More Dem corruption about to take place.

    October 31, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Cool beans Senator Booker!
    Congrats again.

    October 31, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. Gunderson

    Congradulations to Cory Booker. Now old Gunderson hope Cory get to vote on some bills in next 3 years. You think that will happen?

    October 31, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. rs

    Booker will be a good addition to the Senate. Congratulations, Sir!

    October 31, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. MaryM

    Good Luck Cory. You will get re-elected after the 14 months also

    October 31, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. Data Driven

    What's this? - an article featuring a Democrat that doesn't have unnamed sources spouting off unverified claims?

    I take it all back, CNN.

    October 31, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. Babyboomer

    Congrats Senator Booker. I think he will be a great addition to the Senate...

    October 31, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. Tampa Tim

    I was getting ready to respond to the GOP lies about ACA that CNN is in love with, and here is an article about Booker. I am shocked.

    October 31, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  11. Tampa Tim

    Unnamed sources at Hannity's show have confirmed that Booker would not have won without Acorn's help. People at Fox were not allowed to examine his long form birth certificate either, so he is not truly elected.

    October 31, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. wendel

    congrats go get em Cory

    October 31, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Data

    I read your comment from yesterday and I agree that CNN has jumped the shark. I am not too concerned that it has started to lean right because quite frankly it isn't my call to make where they choose to direct their focus. My problem with CNN is that having chosen to go far right, they are attempting to limit the conversation as well.

    This is a new phenomenon and quite frankly doesn't bode well for the future of CNN. Why ask for feedback if the feedback isn't what a particular news organization wants and therefore refuses to post? It smacks of FOX News and the recent story of FOX surrogates blogging certain narratives to benefit FOX News.

    I thought better of CNN. Until recently.

    October 31, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  14. Winston Smith

    I'll bet he makes a better impression, and a much better leader than any of the so called Tea Party half wits. Every time one of them gets a chance to be in front of the camera, they take it. They never fail to make themselves look totally ignorant.

    October 31, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    That's a nice and snazzy sign. I assume that they used some of the money that Rand Paul returned to pay for it. :)

    October 31, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |