Lautenberg says Booker needs a ‘spanking,’ according to Inky report

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) says Newark Mayor Cory Booker needs a “spanking,” according to a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

In Lautenberg’s first public comments since Booker announced his intention to seek a 2014 Senate seat, the senator likened the mayor to a “disrespectful” child.

“I have four children; I love each one of them,” Lautenberg told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I can’t tell (you) that one of them wasn’t occasionally disrespectful, so I gave them a spanking and everything was OK.”

"He’s obviously working very, very hard at it. I mean he’s traveling all over the country as chairman of the [Republican Governors Association] and I think at this point he has as good a chance or better than anybody else. His name is household word all across the country, and I think he would make a great president."
—former U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-3), on Gov. Chris Christie