Thursday, July 30, 2015

Booker touts Newark record in first Senate ad

WASHINGTON -- Newark Mayor Cory Booker touts his record in Newark and his ability to "bring people together" in the first television ad of New Jersey's Senate campaign.

Booker touts Newark record in first Senate ad

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WASHINGTON -- Newark Mayor Cory Booker touts his record in Newark and his ability to "bring people together" in the first television ad of New Jersey's Senate campaign.

Speaking directly to the camera, Booker tells viewers he has lowered crime, brought jobs to Newark and improved schools in New Jersey's largest city. He manages to make his pitch while also drawing a stark contrast with two of his top competitors in the Democratic primary. The ad is set to begin airing statewide on cable outlets Wednesday, according to Booker's campaign.

"I’ve spent my career not running from challenges, but toward them," Booker says in the 30-second spot. "I’ve proven that by bringing people together, even with big problems, we can make big progress."

He concludes: "Washington ducks our problems. I won’t."

His two top opponents are longtime Washington hands, U.S. Reps. Rush Holt and Frank Pallone, who have each cast themselves as champions of the left, ready to fight for liberal causes. Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver is the fourth candidate in the Democratic primary. Oliver has touted herself as the choice for voters who want to add a woman to New Jersey's all-male Congressional delegation.

 


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Jonathan Tamari is the Inquirer’s Washington correspondent. He writes about the lawmakers, politics and policy that affect Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Tamari previously covered the Philadelphia Eagles and the NFL. Before that he worked in Trenton, reporting on the characters and color of New Jersey state government. He lives in Washington.

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