Not really a surprise, but it should still be noted that Cory Booker is now the junior senator from New Jersey.
(Also not really a surprise: President Obama just signed HR 2775 into law, ending the shutdown. Until, you know, whenever the next shutdown happens.)
Booker, 44, will become the first black senator from New Jersey and heads to Washington with an unusual political resume. He was raised in suburban Harington Park as the son of two of the first black IBM executives, and graduated from Stanford and law school at Yale with a stint in between as a Rhodes Scholar before moving to one of Newark's toughest neighborhoods with the intent of doing good.
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