WASHINGTON (10/18/13)--Credit Union National Association Vice President of Political Affairs Trey Hawkins said CUNA is looking forward to working with credit union-backed New Jersey Senate candidate Cory Booker (D), who won his special election contest Wednesday by an 11-point margin.
"Booker has been a great credit union supporter and we look forward to working with him in the Senate. We are confident that he will be as effective a leader here in Washington as he was in Newark," Hawkins added.
The New Jersey Credit Union League (NJCUL) and CULAC, CUNA's federal political action committee, supported Booker in his campaign efforts, making the legal maximum donation of $5,000.
Booker, the outgoing mayor of Newark, N.J., beat his Republican opponent, Steve Lonegan, by winning 54% of the total vote. New Jersey has not elected a Republican to the U.S. Senate since 1972.
Booker will take the seat vacated when Frank Lautenberg died on June 3 once the vote is certified. That could occur as soon as the first week of November. State Attorney General Jeff Chiesa (R) was appointed by Gov. Chris Christie to fill Lautenberg's seat on an interim basis since June.
NJCUL Director of Government Affairs Chris Abeel said the league has been building relations with Mayor Booker for several years, and noted Booker has expressed his support for credit unions several times.
"We are excited to work with him in his new role as a U.S. senator," Abeel added. Booker has spoken at New Jersey state credit union chapter meetings, and has taken part in a Garden Savings FCU event that benefitted the Newark Y.E.S. (Youth Education, Employment and Success) Center.