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Gay community urges Cory Booker to challenge Gov. Christie

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New Jersey Star-Ledger
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November 26, 2012

Steven Goldstein, the head of New Jersey’s largest gay rights organization, says he’ll go "door to door from New Jersey to West Hollywood to raise millions of dollars" if Newark Mayor Cory Booker runs for governor.

Barbra Siperstein, the state’s first transgender party delegate, says she has received phone calls from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations across the country who are eager to hold fundraisers for Booker.

As the Newark mayor considers whether to run for governor, political experts say Booker gives Democrats the best chance by far of upending Gov. Chris Christie in the likely event he seeks re-election. Part of his backing comes from the overwhelming support of the gay and lesbian community.

"Like few others, Cory Booker manages to capture the imagination of the LGBT community from all over the country, and from all walks of life," said Fred Sainz, a vice president with the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights group "I would suspect a wide diversity of Americans would support his campaign and help get him the resources he needs to win."