Newark Mayor Cory Booker elected to represent NJ in Senate

Author: , WFMZ.com Reporter, JPeter@wfmz.com
Published: Dec 24 2013 11:38:47 AM EST   Updated On: Oct 16 2013 10:37:08 PM EDT
Cory Booker

Newark Mayor Cory Booker will be the newest Senator for the state of New Jersey.

The Associated Press declared Booker the winner around 9:30pm Wednesday night.

With 85 percent of precincts reporting, Booker had 55 percent of the vote to Lonegan's 44 percent.

Booker, a Democrat, faced Republican Steve Lonegan in a Special Election race to fill the seat of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg. 

Lautenberg died in June.

Booker has built a national following for his consensus-building and his personal story.  He was a suburbanite who went to Stanford and Yale Law before moving into a tough Newark neighborhood promising to do good before he ran for office. He's also been a pioneering politician on Twitter.

Lonegan is a conservative former mayor of the town of Bogota.  He dismissed Booker as more connected to Hollywood and the Silicon Valley than New Jersey.

Tune into 69 News at 10 for a full report on the race.