Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a top contender for New Jersey's vacant Senate seat, joined a panel of urban policy experts on Monday night to discuss national politics and local problem-solving.
George Stephanopoulos, the ABC news analyst and former adviser to President Bill Clinton, moderated the discussion at New York's 92nd Street Y. It was one of Booker's first major public outings since announcing his candidacy to succeed Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died earlier this month.
“Why run for Senate?” Stephanopoulos asked Booker, a Democrat in his second term in the mayor's office. “What can you do in Washington?”
“We need to get more folks in Washington to start changing that spirit to get back to a way of thinking that’s not this short-term, heavily partisan, zero-sum-game politics," Booker said.
The Senate hopeful also talked about using his candidacy to bring a national focus to poverty, one of the major topics of the evening.
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