Now That He’s a Senator, Cory Booker Has to Find a Place to Live

Following his swearing-in Thursday, the former Newark, N.J., mayor jokingly asked Joe Biden about moving into the vice president’s house.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., meets with former Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker and his mother Carolyn Booker prior to Cory Booker's swearing in as U.S. Senator on Thursday. Booker defeated Republican Steve Lonegan in a special election to replace Frank Lautenberg, who died in June.
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Elahe Izad
Oct. 31, 2013, 9:36 a.m.

Cory Book­er has of­fi­cially been sworn in as a U.S. sen­at­or, be­com­ing the first black sen­at­or to be elec­ted from New Jer­sey and the first elec­ted to the up­per cham­ber since Barack Obama in 2004.

Book­er’s mo­ment drew con­grat­u­la­tions from not just his now-fel­low sen­at­ors on the Sen­ate floor after his of­fi­cial swear­ing-in, but also House mem­bers be­long­ing to the Con­gres­sion­al Black Caucus. They packed the Old Sen­ate Cham­bers to watch Book­er and Vice Pres­id­ent Joe Biden pose for pho­tos. Rep. G.K. But­ter­field, D-N.C., crouched to snap a pic­ture with his phone of the Book­er fam­ily with Biden.

“These guys are prob­ably the best as­set you and I both have,” Biden said after pos­ing for pho­tos with Book­er’s fam­ily and CBC mem­bers.

Biden, in his typ­ic­al work-the-room style, told zingers to the Book­er fam­ily that had them in stitches. He joked with Book­er’s pas­tor that he should really pray for the newly elec­ted sen­at­or. “Hi mom, I’m Joe Biden,” he said as he greeted Book­er’s moth­er.

Book­er had jokes of his own, telling Biden he hasn’t found a place to live yet. He quipped to the vice pres­id­ent, “Do you have a spare room?”