President Barack Obama has issued a formal endorsement of Democrat Cory Booker in New Jersey's special U.S. Senate race.
In a statement released Wednesday by Booker's campaign, Obama says 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.”
Booker says he's humbled by the endorsement. If elected in a special election Oct. 16, he says he'll go to the Senate to “advance our shared vision of a nation where opportunity is available to anyone willing to work for it.”
Booker, now Newark's mayor, faces former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan. Lonegan was endorsed Tuesday by Gov. Chris Christie.
Lonegan says the endorsement is no surprise. He says Booker is a “rubber stamp for the Obama agenda.”
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