Newark Mayor Cory Booker holds a double-digit lead over Republican candidate Steve Lonegan on the eve of a special U.S. Senate election in New Jersey, according to the latest polls.
A Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday morning indicates Booker, the Democratic nominee, is ahead of Lonegan 54%-40% among likely voters in the Garden State, with 5% unsure. Booker's 14-point lead over Lonegan is virtually unchanged from Quinnipiac's previous poll, which was released last week.
Popular among voters, Booker has still be criticized for being away from his constituents at length.
To that Booker says, “The modern mayor is not going to be able to sit behind his desk and wait for opportunity to come.”
Meanwhile, New Jersey voters know very little about Booker’s personal life, which he gets questioned about often.
“For me at the end of the day, I just believe that we should be electing people on the content of their character, the quality of their ideas, or dedication to their cause—not on who they’re dating.”