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Cory Booker Wins Re-Election to U.S. Senate

Journal Staff Report | 11/4/2014, 10:46 p.m.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Cory Booker handily beat Republican challenger Jeff Bell on Tuesday to win a full six-year term.
Cory Booker

Democratic U.S. Sen. Cory Booker handily beat Republican challenger Jeff Bell on Tuesday to win a full six-year term.

The former Newark mayor, who won election to the Senate at a special election a year ago, held a double-digit lead over Bell, according to the latest election results. The Associated Press projected Booker the winner in the race.

New Jersey's U.S. Senate candidates clashed over the minimum wage, immigration policy, jobs and other issues in their only debate of the race.

“I’m looking forward in politics to be someone who represents the best of New Jersey values, the best of our national values. We have too much partisan gridlock in Washington," Booker said in his victory speech. "We need leaders in Washington who learn we get so much further when we reach across the aisle."

Born in Washington, D.C., Booker moved with parents to Bergen County. Booker, 45, was elected Newark mayor in 2006, won special election in October 2013 to succeed the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, also a Democrat.

Booker has a bachelor's and master's degrees from Stanford University, attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and received a law degree from Yale Law School

The Associated Press contributed to this report.