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Booker backs Gusciora in Trenton mayoral race

U.S. Senator praises capital city mayor for delivering for the people

By David Wildstein, October 31 2022 8:30 am

U.S. Senator Cory Booker is taking sides in the Trenton mayoral race, endorsing incumbent Reed Gusciora for a second term in next week’s non-partisan municipal election.

The move gives Gusciora, a white mayor in a city that is just 9% white, the backing of a high-profile, Black United State Senator who carried Trenton with 89% of the vote two years ago.

Trenton is 50% Black and Gusciora faces two controversial Black city councilwomen,  Kathy McBride and Robin Vaughn.

“In his first term, Mayor Gusciora has delivered for the people of Trenton—driving economic development and investing in social services that helped improve the quality of life for Trenton residents,” Booker said.  “I’m proud to endorse his re-election and look forward to working together to keep moving Trenton forward.”

Booker has been critical of McBride and Vaughn after both made anti-Semitic statement, and called on Vaughn to resign after she went on a 30-minute homophobic rant in 2020.  He said that Vaughn “has shown a pattern of intolerance that has no place on the Trenton City Council.”

“The sentiments she expressed are contrary to our values as New Jerseyans and as Americans,” Booker said two years ago.

Gusciora, a longtime Democratic assemblyman, was elected mayor in a 2018 runoff.  He has the backing of Gov. Phil Murphy and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing).

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