08/13/2013 12:46 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Cory Booker Credits Rand Paul, Ted Cruz As Junior Senators Shaking Up Washington

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Hours before New Jersey voters headed to the polls to choose their candidates for the state's 2013 U.S. Senate race, Newark (N.J.) Mayor Cory Booker dropped some intriguing names as examples of how to shake up Congress.

In an interview with NBC News posted late Monday, Booker was asked what his chances are to generate change, within a Senate where seniority often reigns supreme.

Booker described himself as someone who does not throw "Molotov cocktails." In the process, he also mentioned two junior Republican senators who have turned heads at times during their tenures.

"Look at Rand Paul," Booker told NBC News. "Ted Cruz."

Entering Tuesday's New Jersey Senate primaries, Booker was heavily favored to emerge as the Democratic party's nominee. HuffPost Pollster's compilation of 12 polls had Booker leading Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) by 35 percentage points.



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