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Booker: Obama called to congratulate me

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Booker defeated Republican Steve Lonegan 55percent to 44 percent in the special election Wednesday to replace the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.).

The New Jersey Democrat repaid the president's support by refusing to say in his interview Thursday what advice he'd offer the president to better corral Congress.

“Before I start pontificating about what the president should do, I’m focused on figuring out the things that Cory Booker can do, that I can do to make a dramatic, definitive difference for folks in New Jersey,” Booker said. “I’m not sitting in the president’s chair. I’m not even sitting in a senator’s chair yet. I’ve got a lot to learn.”