Although the two experienced some friction during President Obama's reelection campaign after Booker criticized the Obama campaign attacks on private equity, President Obama endorsed Cory Booker's Senate run early on Wednesday. The President has largely remained out of New Jersey's gubernatorial election (perhaps a deal between Christie and him after Christie worked with him following Sandy?), but it seemed only natural that he throw his support behind Booker. Perhaps President Obama doesn't want another radical Tea Party Republican (Lonegan) obstructing his second-term agenda in the Senate.
So here are 3 reasons President Obama likes Cory Booker:
1. Booker's commitment to improving urban communities. As a former community organizer, President Obama really appreciates the Newark mayor's passion for improving the lives of those in urban poverty. Obama praised Booker for his willingness to build “hope and opportunity in communities where too little of either existed.”