Hollywood Favorite Cory Booker Wins N.J. Senate Primary

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a rising star on the Democratic stage and a favorite of Hollywood’s donor community, won a primary election on Tuesday in the special election to succeed Frank Lautenberg in the U.S. Senate.

The Associated Press reported that Booker won the Democratic primary over rivals including Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Rush Holt (D-N.J.).

The special election will take place on Oct. 16. Booker will face Steve Lonegan, former mayor of Bogota, N.J.

Booker has long courted and cultivated celebrity support and Hollywood donors, with Oprah Winfrey hosting a fundraiser and figures like Eva Longoria sending out tweets urging New Jersey voters to cast their ballots for him.  In April, producer Jerry Weintraub and partner Susan Elkins hosted a fundraiser for Booker, drawing a who’s who of politically active Hollywood, including Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, J.J. Abrams, Steve Bing and Bryan Lourd among the cohosts, along with Disney’s Bob Iger, Sony’s Michael Lynton, Warner Bros.’ Barry Meyer and Kevin Tsujihara.

While Booker has used his national profile to boost philanthropic projects in Newark, his celebrity came under criticism during the primary race, as Lautenberg family members last month endorsed Pallone, saying he would be a “workhorse, and not a show horse.”

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Booker has raised $131,000 from entertainment sources, his third biggest donor pool after securities and investment firms and lawyers.

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  1. Jay Gordon says:

    If you have any idea of what he’s done for the city of Newark, then you’d be happy for this accomplishment instead of character assassination.

  2. stephanie says:

    The real Bobo Brazil aka bubu brasil would have been proud of the accomplishment.

  3. Bobo Brazil says:

    Maybe President-elect Cory and Oprah could get together on the campaign trail and publicly share all the times they’ve been discriminated against because of their blackness. Hopefully Mariah Carey can join in; it would be great for laughs.

  4. Contessa46 says:


  5. G. Jardoness says:

    Mr. Booker courted Hollywood support, and got ‘some’. Given the cast of characters, divided by the monies raised, Oprah, alone, sought to spend more on a purse this month.

    Hopefully, the donors support, or even know, Mr. Booker’s views and stands and agenda, and are not simply genuflecting out of habit, guilt, or peer-pressure and ingratiation.

    Hopefully, the citizens of New Jersey don’t see this as a deciding factor in their decision to either support the candidate, or not.

  6. Bobo Brazil says:

    Obama Jr. should throw his hat in the ring as the Democratic nominee for President in 2016. Hillary will be snake bitten once again to such an extent that even her phony husband won’t be able to bail her out (again). This is going to be hilarious.

  7. Yvon Lemieux says:

    Another sad day for NJ.

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