Rawlings-Blake in New Jersey, stumping for fellow mayor

Cory Booker's "easy ride" to Senate seat is in jeopardy.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will campaign today for Newark Mayor Cory Booker, whose cakewalk campaign to win a U.S. Senate seat in New Jersey is facing unexpected headwinds following a crime spree in Newark and criticism of his private business dealings.

Baltimore’s mayor is set to headline a Booker rally in Atlantic City at the Allen AME Church starting at 2:30 p.m. The rally was in campaign twitter feeds yesterday. Rawlings-Blake spokesman Kevin R. Harris confirmed her appearance today.

Since her appointment earlier this year as secretary of the Democratic National Committee, Rawlings-Blake has embarked on out-of-state speaking trips on behalf of the party and its affiliates. She was a keynote speaker at the Young Democrats of America convention in San Antonio, Texas.

Like Rawlings-Blake, Booker is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party. His campaign for the late U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg’s seat in a special election next month was considered a sure win.

In the last month, however, Newark has experienced a crime wave, with nine people killed in as many days, and Booker has been dogged by reports of undisclosed payouts from his former law firm while he was mayor and his co-investment with Google’s Eric Schmidt in a Silicon Valley upstart start-up.

Absentee Mayor

Republican challenger Steve Lonegan has cut Booker’s lead by 13 points, according to the latest Quinnipiac Poll of likely New Jersey voters, largely by hammering away at the perception of Booker as an absentee mayor.

“Newark needs leadership, not a mayor who is looking to be promoted to the U.S. Senate for his failed policies,” says Lonegan, who is backed by New Jersey’s Republican Gov. Chris Christie, but is still considered the underdog.

In a twitter feed announcing her appearance today, Rawlings-Blake is lauded for her role as second vice president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, a source of her trips to Las Vegas and Park City, Utah, this summer. During an earlier trip to Las Vegas, the mayor officiated at the wedding of Baltimore City Hall’s two top lobbyists, Lisa Harris Jones and Sean Malone.

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  • trueheart4life

    Sounds like he’s got the same itch our very own Mayor Rawlings-Blake caught. I’ve got one question: who’s paying for this trip, especially the executive protection costs???

  • will tonnessen

    Of course the city is paying her Big Tab, again, just like the other 4 trips this past year. Very very sad she could give two shiznits bout Baltimore now that she is save by getting re-elected . She is just collecting a Big big Paycheck and trying to further her career just not in a town that Her Dad made a name for her COAT TAIL RIDING OFF OF YOUR DAD . WORSE IS THE RESIDENTS JUST VOTE HER IN LIKE SHE CARES.

  • HS

    I spent most of yesterday in Newark, NJ, so I understand the attraction. Newark is such a festering cesspool that it actually makes Baltimore look good.

    • River Mud

      I did work up there for several years. Tough town for sure.

  • Tom Gregory

    I’m wondering why Booker would want the worst mayor in the US to stump for him.

  • ushanellore

    I love Silicon Valley upstart in para five from the top in this article. A beautiful Freudian slip. Silicon Valley start up would have been accurate but would not have possessed the zing or the juice of Silicon valley upstart. They are all upstarts, brazen, bold, avaricious and ambitious. They litter the streets of San Fran, destroying the ordinary folks. San Fran has become unaffordable to the common millions because of these upstarts that have put real estate prices through the roof. Before long, it is predicted, that San Fran will lose its native quirkiness and eccentricities. It will become a city of brash mega millionaires, swaggering from one upstart venture to another, buying up properties cheap and converting them to condos exorbitant, pricing the local yokels out. So Cory Booker was involved in one of those upstarts? Why am I not surprised? The cosmopolitan techies of San Fran are not beneath political shenanigans. There is an unholy connection between these morally pretentious techies and politicos.

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