U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker spoke in Atlantic City on Saturday about boosting the economy through development.

In his speech at annual convention of the New Jersey Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters at Caesars Atlantic City, the Newark mayor spoke about the need for better education and infrastructure.

"We've got to get back to building America," he told members of the labor union, adding, "You're a key part of it."

In an interview after the event, Booker said he's spoken with Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford about implementing some of the approaches he brought to Newark.

The Essex County city has faced similar problems of crime and economic stagnation. Booker said that a combination of budget cuts and increased development helped turn the situation around and could do the same for Atlantic City.

"This is a situation where it's not a zero-sum game," Booker said.

"If we can start growing . . . you can do what we did," he added.

Booker is running against Republican Steve Lonegan, the former mayor of Bogota, to fill the seat of the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg. A special election will be held Oct. 16. 

Lonegan will attend the Ocean County Decoy and Gunning Show at 10 a.m. Sunday at Tip Seaman Park in Tuckerton.