Cory Booker Could Be Named to Senate Environment Committee

NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 16: Newark Mayor Cory Booker speaks to reporters after casting his vote in a special U.S. Senate election on October 16, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. Booker, a Democrat, held a wide lead in the polls over Republican Tea Party candidate Steve Lonegan ahead of the election to succeed Frank Lautenberg, who died in office. 
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Clare Foran
Oct. 17, 2013, 5:47 a.m.

Ne­wark May­or Cory Book­er emerged vic­tori­ous Wed­nes­day night in the spe­cial elec­tion in New Jer­sey to fill a Sen­ate seat, and now there is spec­u­la­tion that he could be named to the En­vir­on­ment and Pub­lic Works Com­mit­tee, The Hill re­ports.

In a state­ment re­leased Wed­nes­day, Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id, D-Nev., high­lighted Book­er’s com­mit­ment to cli­mate is­sues. “As the may­or of Ne­wark, Cory showed a can-do at­ti­tude and was not afraid to lit­er­ally roll up his sleeves to serve the cit­izens he rep­res­en­ted. We saw him work tire­lessly through the af­ter­math of Hur­ricane Sandy, tend­ing per­son­ally to the city’s res­id­ents. At the same time, Cory is deeply en­gaged on is­sues of na­tion­al im­port, such as cli­mate change and eco­nom­ic de­vel­op­ment,” Re­id said.

In June, a Sen­ate aide com­men­ted that the win­ner of the spe­cial elec­tion to re­place the late Sen. Frank Lauten­berg, D-N.J., would likely also take Lauten­berg’s seat on the com­mit­tee, which is be­ing held on a tem­por­ary basis by Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii.


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