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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.

libsrsic August 22, 2012 at 03:00 AM
I'm more concerned with the devastating blow to our quality of life if President Obama wins the election in November: http://blog.heritage.org/2012/​08/13/​government-will-take-almost-hal​f-your-paycheck-in-2013/​?utm_medium=newsletter&utm_camp​aign=BudgetSense
Frank Rizzo August 22, 2012 at 03:04 AM
john jay are copies of your revisionist history books available on dvd? john jay if he doesnt like a part of history just make up a better one instead. john jay werent democrats also responsible for the space shuttle challeger explosion as well as the earthquakes on the west coast? john jay who wants everyone walking around armed beccause there havent been enough civilians shooting people lately. gov crisco is that bully in the schoolyard ice cream running down his wrist up in the face of anyone who dare challenge his jersey shore image of nj. he is an embarrassment. a 400 pound guy who dines weekly at the koch mansion and tells we peasants we need to stop whining about things like tolls and polluted oceans and bays and just learn to cut back and make do. then he hops on the helicopter we pay for to go to wrestlemania and republican fundraisers. that of course when he is actually in the state of nj.
WhatYouSaid August 22, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Wow look at the acute political discourse here: -Obama only helps those on welfare -NJ needs open carry laws, so we can extinguish all the crimes that other states that has vanished because they are allowed to carry guns -Christie is fat - Democrats are the KKK - Obama is a divider - 'WASPS' can't win elections because of blacks - Democrats = Nazis - Christie is fat Simply wonderful, a lot of good points to ponder here
Berkeley Lifer August 22, 2012 at 04:52 AM
67 million Germans followed Hitler with zeal.I doubt today's democrap crowd could pull in those popular numbers.
Frank Rizzo August 22, 2012 at 05:11 AM
wat u said berkeley lifer should know all about germans and hitler he is an old school skinhead.
Frank Rizzo August 22, 2012 at 05:13 AM
libsric can you please post more tea party links? we cant get enough tea party types like akin to use as a punchline
Virgil Harris August 22, 2012 at 06:57 AM
eyes wide shut.. you have to be unarguably the dumbest son of a b**ch to ever grace these responses. Where do you pick up your information? christie's record.. pull your head out of your a**. he took control of a state ran into the ground by all the idiots after whitman. instead of eyes wide shut you should be eyes wide open kool-aid drinker. any politician who vows 100's of millions of his own money for a political seat don't trust. some valuable information for a guy not even from oc with those flaming liberal ideas!
John Jay August 22, 2012 at 10:12 AM
Infamous racist Democrats of the 20th Century: Woodrow Wilson Al Gore, Sr. Robert Byrd Bull Connor George Wallace Orval Fabus Benjamin Travis Laney John Stennis James Eastland Allen Ellender Russell Long John Sparkman John McClellan Richard Russell Herman Talmadge Lester Maddox John Rarick
B@B August 22, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Yes, that's just what we need. More Rambo hotheads like you open-carrying. Yup. That'll reduce crime. Yessirree bob it will.
B@B August 22, 2012 at 10:35 AM
Yes, and after the Civil Rights Act of 1965 was passed, all the Dixiecrats became Republicans.
B@B August 22, 2012 at 10:36 AM
Yes, I am all in favor of right-wing troglodytes leaving NJ. Then those of us who think with the cognitive parts of our brain instead of the reptilian one can get something accomplished.
B@B August 22, 2012 at 10:36 AM
Hyperbole much?
Corslime August 22, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Riz obama spends more time golfing and campaigning then working on creating jobs. Who is paying for air force one and the secret service on the trips? Not the 50 percent who pay no taxes. This is recovery summer 3. Gas is up. Inflation is up. Debt is up. Jobs are no where. Where is obama? Total failure
Corslime August 22, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Do they award nobel peace prices for drone strikes?
Porterincollingswood August 22, 2012 at 11:28 AM
And these are the same people who turn around and complain about negative campaign ads. Why are all the ads negative? Because the American people demand it. They only respond to attack ads. As usual, the American people are given what they want, and never stop whining about it. Booker will not run against Christie. Makes no sense. He's young and has time, so why run against a strong incumbent? Just wait for Christie to run for POTUS in 2016 (where he will lose to Jeb Bush and a Super PAC machine) and take his place when the GOP runs a lesser-known and more vulnerable candidate.
henry August 22, 2012 at 11:40 AM
obama is a moron, too.
AngryFemale August 22, 2012 at 11:41 AM
John Jay left Obama off the list.
Corslime August 22, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Someone list bookers accomplishments. With unemployment 15 percent and the rest of the state subsidizing the budget what exactly has he done? The schools get almost 800 million of other towns taxes and what do we have to show for it?
henry August 22, 2012 at 12:01 PM
did you attend Newark schools? You read as if you did.
DDPUG August 22, 2012 at 12:52 PM
To BC LIb: Funny, how you forget that Christie had no choice considering the deficit left by Corzine, most of which Corzine did not even admit until immediately after Christie was sworn in. Just how much more deficit will get you libs to wake up - both on the state and federal level!
libsrsic August 22, 2012 at 01:01 PM
B@B, thanks for the laugh...if all the "right wingers" left NJ from where would your tax base come? Why don't you move to Sacramento or Detroit? You can get a house cheap in Detroit at this time of the year. Ha ha ha.
Corslime August 22, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Democrats are the party of hate, class warfare and race baiting. It helps them pretend that their policies aimed at helping haven't been the miserable failures they are. Detroit and camden are great examples. What were once thriving metropolitan areas are now taxpayer subsidized battlegrounds. What drove them to their demise? Hint they have been and still are governed by Democrats. I just love facts!!
trish August 22, 2012 at 01:12 PM
the biggest MORON in this state is CHRIS CHRISTIE. He's a liar and a bully. He claims he is the only one who can do anything. News flash, it dosent matter WHAT the democrats put forward, Christie will vote against it just because they are DEMOCRATs. He's lies constantly about EVERYTHING! I crossed party lines to vote for him, had not choice, I could not vote Corzine back in. I consider that the absolute biggest mistake of my life! The only way this idiot can argue with anyone is to call them names. Has he looked in the mirror lately? Every thing this guy does is to further his own agenda. Must have been quite a shock when idiot Rommney chose that other idiot Ryan as his running mate!
Michael Fabozzi August 22, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Eyes wide shut....NJ is not going backwards, Christie had to make hard choices that no other Gov had the guts to due and that's to get those greedy out of control union pensions under control before we go bankrupt...
James P. Page August 22, 2012 at 01:25 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...
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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