The Cory Booker senatorial campaign is off and running in Atlantic City.
The Newark mayor and candidate in next month's democratic primary for U.S. Senate led a group of about two dozen supporters - including Mayor Lorenzo Langford - on a mile long run on the boardwalk in the resort Monday night.
Booker is holding runs throughout the state and has done others in Newark, Camden and Hamilton Township, Mercer County. He said the runs are part of building community cohesiveness as well as emphasizing health.
"When I first got elected mayor of Newark I wanted to run the entire city, every ward," he said while wearing a tshirt and shorts at the Civil Rights Garden at Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard and Pacific Avenue before the event began. "If I have the privilege to serve the entire state I want to run all over New Jersey."
Booker joked he had run before in Atlantic City.
“Away from the blackjack tables,” he said.
The run ended at One Kennedy Plaza where Booker purchased ice cream for all the participants.
Booker faces Rep. Frank Pallone, Rep. Rush Holt and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver in the Aug. 13 Democratic primary for the seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg. The winner of the primary will oppose the Republican nominee who will be either former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan or Middlesex County based physician Alieta Eck, in the Oct. 16 special election.
About 50 people gathered at the starting point and many residents teased each other about whether they would run.
City resident Fareed Abdullah, who ran unsuccessfully in the Democratic primary for city council last month, said he wanted to come out and support Booker.
“We believe he is the man for the job in the U.S. Senate,” he said. “He’s doing an excellent job and he cares for the people. I support his efforts and everything he’s doing.”