ATLANTIC CITY — The upcoming midterm elections are a “moral moment for the country,” according to U.S. Sen. Cory Booker.

Booker made the statements during the New Jersey Democratic State Committee Conference Thursday night at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City. The event allows Democrats on the federal, state and local levels to come together for a rally and strategize before the general election Nov. 6.

This year’s theme is “Ride the Blue Wave.”

“We’re at a moral moment in this country where we see our government doing things … we would never imagine seeing happen,” Booker said. “I want to tell you right now that these next 46 days (before the election) … they are leading into an election that will not speak to what party controls the House or the Senate. They’ll speak to who we are as a nation.”

On Thursday night, Booker and Gov. Phil Murphy told the crowd that New Jersey will be in the forefront of the party’s fight to win back a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

“The voters in this state have a chance to send a message to Washington, to America and to this president,” Booker said. “We have a chance on Nov. 6 to show that the state of New Jersey is standing up for America, for American values and American ideals.”

Murphy added it is everyone’s job to get out the vote.

“We have to get Sen. Bob Menendez and (Democrats) elected,” Murphy said. “Send that extra email, meet that extra neighbor and drive as many people as possible to the polls.”

The conference ended Friday with a send-off reception featuring a speech from Menendez, who is in a tough re-election battle with Republican challenger Bob Hugin.

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