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PHOTOS: Sen. Booker runs with Coasties in Cape May

Capt. Todd Prestidge, commanding officer of Training Center Cape May, N.J., center, runs alongside  Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and recruits of Foxtrot and Golf companies 189 at the training center on Saturday. (Coast Guard photo by CWO Donnie Brzuska)

Capt. Todd Prestidge, commanding officer of Training Center Cape May, N.J., center, runs alongside Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and recruits with Foxtrot and Golf companies 189 at the training center on Saturday. (Coast Guard photo by CWO Donnie Brzuska)

Coast Guardsmen at Training Center Cape May, N.J., got a high-profile visit Saturday morning. But it didn’t mean they could skip a workout.

Sen. Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey and former mayor of Newark, came by along with Republican Rep. Frank LoBiondo and Cape May elected officials. They visited, according to a Coast Guard news release, to “get a first-hand look at how integral the Coast Guard is to the safety, security and economic stability of New Jersey and [the] nation.”

Photo op? Sure, but some Coasties got a chance to interact with Booker, providing they (or he) could keep pace:

Booker interacts with Coasties during a Saturday-morning run in Cape May, N.J. (Photo courtesy of Jane XXXX/The Cape May Times)

Booker talks with Coasties during a Saturday-morning run in Cape May, N.J. (Photo courtesy of Jane Kashlak/The Cape May Times)

Booker’s dead last on the Senate’s seniority list, but that (and his acting skill) aside, there are worse friends the Coast Guard could make:  The junior senator is on the Senate Commerce Committee subpanel that deals with the Coast Guard, was a national political darling before winning a special Senate election last year, has at least a few high-profile connections and boasts nearly 1.5 million Twitter followers.

The visit was part of a wide-ranging Cape May tour that included stops at the Coast Guard facility and other high-profile local destinations. Senators aren’t regular visitors to the popular vacation spot — one official told The Cape May Times that the last ones came from former Sen. Bill Bradley, who made annual treks during a legislative career that ended in 1997.

Head to The Cape May Times website for more photos and details — those familiar with the region might want this song playing in the background. Get a TV report, including brief interview clips with Booker and training center commanding officer Capt. Todd Prestidge, here.

Comments

  1. PT PT Every Day! Says:
    January 20th, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Wow, what a bunch of fat bodies. Those coasties in the background look like they are about to pass out. Neither Booker nor Capt Prestige look like they could pass a PT test. They need to work out more often and get rid of the life ring around their waists.