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’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.