Cory Booker

Cory Booker's Sexual Orientation Becoming an Issue in NJ Senate Race

The Democratic nominee, who says the is straight, is trying to keep his personal life private


TRENTON, N.J. — Cory Booker says he's straight but doesn't mind questions about his sexualitybecause it challenges people's prejudices about gay people — a stance the scotch-drinking, cigar-smoking Steve Lonegan deems "kind of weird."

Speculation about Booker's sexuality — specifically, that the Newark, N.J., mayor is gay but keeping that a secret — took center stage in the Senate campaign this week. In a series of interviews with national media outlets, Booker and Lonegan raised the temperature in the special-election campaign with comments about an issue that has trailed Booker, who is single, since he first ran for office in Newark.