And the now ex-Newark New Jersey Mayor will be the 55th Democrat in the 100 member US Senate….
Booker replaces Sen. Jeff Chiesa (R-N.J, who was appointed to fill the place of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) after Lautenberg died in June.
Booker, who served as mayor of Newark, N.J., defeated his Republican opponent Steve Lonegan earlier this month, giving Democrats back a seat in the Senate. They now have a total of 55.
He will be a critical “yes” vote when the Senate is expected to take up a same-sex rights bill next month. It’s unclear if Democrats have enough votes to overcome a Republican filibuster against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which bans workplace discrimination because of sexual orientation and gender identity…..
photo of the new US Senator for NJ and his mother…the grio.comShare on Facebook