Democratic senatorial candidate Cory Booker made a campaign appearance Sunday night in Atlantic City, his second in the past few weeks, drawing a crowd to Kennedy Plaza on the Boardwalk.

The mayor of Newark spoke of the struggles of his parents compared to his own, turning it into a message for the current generation.

“‘You drank deeply from wells of freedom and opportunity that you didn’t live,’” he quoted his father. “‘You can just sit back and be fat and happy, or you can be part of a mission to metabolize those blessings and make the world a better place.’”

State Sen. Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic, who introduced Booker, said of the August primary that “the governor threw us a curveball. But every once in a while, you hit a curveball out of the park, and that’s what we’re going to do on Tuesday.”

Booker jogged through Atlantic City in late July as part of an after-dark tour of several New Jersey cities.

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