this pitted him against longtime incumbent Sharpe James.
James, who had easily won election four consecutive times, saw Booker as a real threat, and responded with mudslinging, at one campaign event calling him "a Republican who took money from the KKK [and] Taliban ...
Booker was elected to the United States Senate in a 2013 special election, becoming the first black U. Booker graduated from Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan, where he played varsity football and was named to the 1986 USA Today All-USA high school football team.
Cory Anthony Booker (born April 27, 1969) is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from New Jersey, in office since 2013.
Previously he served as mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013.
One of Booker's first priorities was to reduce the city's crime rate.
In furtherance of this, he appointed Garry Mc Carthy, former deputy commissioner of operations of the New York City Police Department, as director of the Newark Police Department.
On April 3, 2010, Booker announced his campaign for reelection.
At his announcement event, he remarked that a "united government" was crucial to progress, knowing his supporters in the city council faced tough reelections.The motive for the plot was unclear, but was described variously as a response to the acrimonious campaign After his first week in office, he announced a 100-day plan to implement reforms in Newark.The proposed changes included increasing police forces, ending background checks for many city jobs to help former offenders find employment in the city, refurbishing police stations, improving city services, and expanding summer youth programs.Before taking office as mayor, Booker sued the James administration, seeking to terminate cut-rate land deals favoring two redevelopment agencies that had contributed to James's campaigns and listed James as a member of their advisory boards.Booker argued that the state's "pay-to-play" laws had been violated and that the land deals would cost the city more than million in lost revenue.Booker gained national attention when, on December 28, 2010, a constituent used Twitter to ask him to send someone to her father's house to shovel his driveway because her elderly father was going to attempt to do it himself.