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Booker Already Facing Re-Election

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After a little less than a year as New Jersey’s newest senator, Cory Booker is already faced with preparing for re-election. The remainder of the term of former Senator Lautenberg expires in 2015 with a November 2014 election less than a year away.

Booker has at least $2 million in his war chest and some say his recent stops to speak with students, small businesses and Thanksgiving soup kitchens show that he’s already in campaign mode.

Some say that the 11 point victory over Steve Lonegan showed that Senator Booker is vulnerable. Political consultant Jeanette Hoffman says that people didn’t expect Lonegan to get that close to Booker. “He didn’t have a lot of time to run a campaign and Cory Booker’s a national media star. He’s on TV all the time. So I think for Steve Lonegan to come pretty close shows that Cory Booker is vulnerable and that he’s beatable,” she said.

With the failure of Obamacare in New Jersey, with around 800,000 people losing their insurance, Steve Lonegan said that if it had happened before the election, he would have won over Booker. “I certainly think there’s going to be a huge backlash from New Jersey voters about Obamacare. Hundreds of thousands of people we see losing their insurance policies, rates are going to increase. And I think he did have a good point in saying that that’s going to be one of those policies that’s going to have a real impact on the election,” Hoffman said.

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