WASHINGTON – CUNA Vice President of Political Affairs Trey Hawkins said CUNA is looking forward to working with New Jersey’s credit union-backed Senator-elect Cory Booker (D) who won Wednesday’s special U.S. Senate election.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker (center) helps present Garden Savings FCU's donation to the Newark YES Center at the credit union's gold outing in 2011.
"Booker has been a great credit union supporter and we look forward to working with him in the Senate. We are confident that he will be as effective a leader here in Washington as he was in Newark," Hawkins added.
The NJCUL and CULAC, CUNA's federal political action committee, supported Booker’s campaign with the legal maximum donation of $5,000.
Booker beat his Republican opponent, Steve Lonegan, with 54% of the vote.
Booker will take the seat vacated when Frank Lautenberg died on June 3 once the vote is certified. That could occur as soon as the first week of November. In June, Governor Chris Christie appointed his attorney general, Jeff Chiesa (R), to fill the seat on an interim basis since.
NJCUL Director of Government Affairs Chris Abeel said the league has been building relations with Mayor Booker for several years, and noted Booker has expressed his support for credit unions on numerous occasions.
"We are excited to work with him in his new role as a U.S. senator," Abeel added. Booker has spoken at a NJCUL chapter meeting, and has taken part in a Garden Savings FCU fundraising event that benefitted the Newark Y.E.S. (Youth Education, Employment and Success) Center.