The Washington Times - October 17, 2013, 07:36AM

Cory Booker, newly elected senator of New Jersey, said Thursday he is a “scrapper” who can get things done alongside the “good people” from both sides of the aisle.

Mr. Booker, a 44-year-old Democrat, said he just wanted to move the city of Newark, N.J., forward regardless of politics as its mayor, and he’ll bring that attitude with him to Washington as he completes last 15 months of the term left by late Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

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“Obviously there’s tremendous challenges and nobody should be under the illusion of one person making a difference,” he told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” but added that coalitions among both parties can make real progress.

Mr. Booker won a special election on Wednesday over Republican candidate Steve Lonegan, 55 percent to 44 percent.