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. 
National Journal
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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