Cory Booker Absent from His Own Rallies

by Sterling Beard

Cory Booker, Newark mayor and Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, is having four rallies today in the Garden State. Deval Patrick, the Democratic governor of Massachusetts, is putting in an appearance to help out. However, Booker won’t be present at any of the events.

In fact, Booker, who has a large fundraising edge over his Republican opponent, Steve Lonegan, has been in California filling his war chest. He was in San Francisco on Friday and yesterday he showed up at a star-studded Hollywood fundraiser, the second one he’s attended since April.

The trip to the West Coast isn’t the first time that Booker’s been out of state recently; he made two trips to Washington, D.C. in September to meet up with Democratic aides and senators.

In fact, Booker’s barely been campaigning in New Jersey. Since Labor Day, he has held only seven publicly advertised campaign events—and four of those came on September 14 and 15. 

The Booker campaign says that the mayor has to balance his campaign events with running Newark and fundraising. Campaign spokesman Kevin Griffis declared that Booker is running in “an unprecedented election” in an expensive media market, and must “throw out the usual rule book and schedule” in order to communicate his message.

The Philadelphia Inquirer notes that, as of July 24, Booker had $4.1 million cash on hand. Lonegan, who does not hold a public office, has $151,000 on hand and held seven campaign events in four counties over the weekend.