(PIX11) – President Obama officially endorsed Newark Mayor Cory Booker for a seat in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, according to Booker’s campaign.
Obama lists Booker’s work with underprivileged communities and the middle class in New Jersey as reasons for his support.
“Cory Booker has dedicated his life to the work of building hope and opportunity in communities where too little of either existed,” he said. “Cory 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.”
Democratic nominee Booker, who is currently leading a Monmouth University poll by 16 percentage points over Republican Steve Lonegan [54% to 38%], is “humbled” by Obama’s endorsement.
“If elected this October, I will go to the Senate to advance our shared vision of a nation where opportunity is available to anyone willing to work for it, and to ensure we’re investing in the priorities that helped build America’s middle class,” Booker said.
“I look forward to continuing to work with him to advance an agenda that spreads prosperity and ensures that our nation realizes the promise of its founding.”
The special Senate election is set for October 16 to replace late N.J. Senator Frank Lautenberg.