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NJ Insiders: Booker Strongest Candidate Dems Can Field Against Christie

Patch's inaugural Blue Garden State survey asked influential state Democrats to weigh in with their thoughts on the Newark mayor.

New Jersey Democratic insiders believe Newark Mayor Cory Booker poses the strongest threat to Gov. Chris Christie in the 2013 gubernatorial election.

In Patch’s inaugural Blue Garden State survey, nearly 200 influential Democrats in the state were asked to weigh in with their thoughts on a potential Booker candidacy. The local leaders surveyed include state senators, mayors, town council members and local party chairs.

Of the 16 Democrats who responded to the survey, 68 percent agreed with the statement “Cory Booker would be the strongest Democratic candidate against Gov. Christie.” Some 31 percent of respondents disagreed with the statement.

Democratic insiders were also surveyed on their thoughts about statements Booker made in an appearance on Meet the Press in May. Booker criticized attacks on GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s work with private equity firm Bain Capital by President Barack Obama’s campaign.

"I have to just say from a very personal level, I’m not about to sit here and indict private equity,” Booker said during his Meet the Press appearance.  “To me, it’s just we’re getting to a ridiculous point in America. Especially that I know I live in a state where pension funds, unions and other people invest in companies like Bain Capital. If you look at the totality of Bain Capital’s record, they’ve done a lot to support businesses, to grow businesses. … This kind of stuff is nauseating to me on both sides. It’s nauseating to the American public. Enough is enough. Stop attacking private equity, stop attacking Jeremiah Wright."

Patch’s Blue Garden State survey asked Democrats whether or not they agreed with the statement “Cory Booker’s defense of bankers and Wall Street could hurt him with New Jersey liberals if he were to run for governor.” Of the 16 Democrats who answered the survey question, 31 percent agreed with the statement, while 69 percent disagreed with it.

The Blue Garden State survey posed a similar question regarding the impact of Booker’s statements on moderates. Of the 15 Democrats who responded to the survey, 73 percent agreed with the statement “Cory Booker’s defense of bankers and Wall Street could help him with New Jersey moderates if he were to run for governor.” Some 27 percent of respondents disagreed with the statement.

Earlier this summer, Patch invited Democratic and Republican state leaders to participate in regular surveys about their thoughts on national and statewide issues. These leaders include state Senators, mayors, town council members and local party chairs. To become an insider, email Mike Pignataro at mike@patch.com or Jacklyn Corley at jacklyn.corley@patch.com.

Steve August 22, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Fun fact for the day . . . . Missouri Republican congressman and US Senate candidate Todd Akin -- who infamously said a few days ago, when speaking against a raped woman's right to obtain an abortion: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down” -- is a current member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. These are the same people who deny the existence of climate change and global warming (in the face of near consensus by the international scientific community regarding their existence).
hrhppg August 22, 2012 at 01:43 PM
"eyes wide shut, keep reaching, if it wasn't for Clinton FAILING to get Bin Laden in the 3 chances he had, would 9/11 taken place? Probably not, and Bush inherited Clinton's Oval Office Trist with an intern and failure to get Bin Laden. Keep trying though, it is entertaining..." Oh if we are going back in time Icecream Man, then really Bush Sr and Ollie North are responsible for 9/11 as they were ring masters of Iran Contra. I think Drug smuggling, drug dealing and illegal arms dealing are a lil bit bigger then some tryst with an intern.
Al Iervolino August 22, 2012 at 01:56 PM
trish that is really not true. christie has worked very closely with democrat steve sweeney on many issues to get things done.(The only way this idiot can argue with anyone is to call them names.) do you see anything wrong with this statement in your post?
James P. Page August 22, 2012 at 01:57 PM
@hrhppg see, if I took the Liberal Path one could blame all that on Carter and his failed administration and failed attempt to get the Hostages out of Iran. But, in this instance there was nothing good that came out of Iran Contra and they deserve to take a hit. But, since it is a FACT the Clinton had opportunity to NAIL Bin Laden on his watch, 9/11 is still on Clinton's back plain and simple.
henry August 22, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Fun Fact 2 More important, Obama’s record as a state senator was not merely pro-choice, but radically pro-abortion. His voting record indicates that he does not believe infants deserve protection even once they have emerged from the womb if they are deemed to be below the age of viability, and he did in fact, three times, vote to keep a form of infanticide legal.

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