The hands of Beth Asaro, left, and Joanne Schailey after they exchanged vows to become the first same-sex couple married in Lambertville, N.J., early Monday.
October 21, 2013 A court ruling Friday cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin at 12:01 a.m. ET Monday. In towns and cities across the state, officials presided over middle-of-the-night ceremonies. Republican Gov. Chris Christie initially said he would appeal the decision, but now has decided otherwise.
Sen.-elect Cory Booker of Newark, N.J., talks to supporters during his victory party Wednesday night. Booker was elected to fill the seat of the late Frank Lautenberg.
October 17, 2013 With his media savvy and national celebrity, the senator-elect from New Jersey is already a recognizable figure outside his home state.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker greets a supporter after casting his vote in a special U.S. Senate election on Wednesday in Newark, New Jersey.
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October 16, 2013 The Associated Press called the race in Booker's favor after he took a strong early lead. The Newark mayor will become the first black senator from New Jersey.
Lautenberg's GOP opponents: Millicent Fenwick 1982, Pete Dawkins 1988, Chuck Haytaian 1994, Doug Forrester 2002 and Dick Zimmer 2008.
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June 5, 2013 The death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg has thrown a monkey wrench onto the plans of N.J. Gov. Chris Christie. Calculations about Lautenberg's successor, and when to hold the special election, may affect Christie's re-election path this year ... as well as a potential White House bid in 2016.
Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J.
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December 4, 2012 The Democratic politician has taken up a challenge to live on $30 worth of food for a week. That's about what the average food stamps recipient in his state receives. It's part of a campaign to raise awareness about the struggles of low-income Americans.
Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J.
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May 21, 2012 It's a classic campaign chain of events: a rising star (in this case Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker) seems to cross his party's leader, and then says he was misunderstood. Meanwhile, the opposition uses his words to its advantage.
Sen. Bill Frist (left) gives a mock smallpox vaccine during a training session in 2003. Frist, a surgeon, once gave CPR to a visitor who collapsed in a Senate office building.
April 13, 2012 Newark Mayor Cory Booker is part of an elite list of politicians who have rescued people in distress. Here's a partial list of other elected officials who've gone beyond the call of duty.
April 13, 2012 Now he's trending on Twitter after leading a woman to safety from her burning home. He's even said to be tougher than Chuck Norris.
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Travelers wait for taxis from New York's LaGuardia Airport on December 28, 2010.
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December 29, 2010 East coast travel still slow; Newark, N.J. mayor Cory Booker delivers diapers; California gets more rain; Ivory Coast
April 2, 2010 As Newark celebrates — if that's the right word — a murder-free month, Washington, D.C., is still reeling from a shooting this week that was the deadliest in years, leaving four people dead and five others wounded. It happened in an area that pe...
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