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Cory Booker Sworn in to U.S. Senate: VIDEO

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Newark mayor Cory Booker was sworn in to the U.S. Senate this morning by Vice President Joe Biden, bringing the Senate chamber to its feet. Booker won a special election earlier this month to fill the seat of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ).

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Jon Stewart Celebrates Cory Booker's Awkward First Gay Wedding: VIDEO

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Last night Jon Stewart took a look at the joy that went down in New Jersey yesterday when gay couples were allowed to marry, and Newark mayor Cory Booker was allowed to join them.

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Senator-Elect Cory Booker Marries 7 Gay Couples as Marriage Equality Begins in NJ: VIDEO

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An excited Newark mayor and now Senator-elect Cory Booker married seven gay couples inside the rotunda at Newark City Hall just after midnight last night:

"It is officially past midnight, marriage is now equal in New Jersey," Booker said to applause and cheers.

Booker, who had never officiated a wedding since becoming Newark mayor in 2006, called the occasion one of "the greatest privileges and honors" and "one of the most magical moments" of his life.

Booker officiated the weddings inside the rotunda at Newark City Hall. Each couple also took turns cutting cake.

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Watch LIVE: New Jersey's First Gay Weddings - VIDEO

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As previously reported, just after midnight EST tonight, same-sex couples will be able to get married in the Garden State.

Newark Mayor and Senator-elect Cory Booker will be joining in on the action and officiating tonight as seven couples say, "I do" in Newark.

You can watch live coverage of one of the first ceremonies taking place in Lambertville, New Jersey HERE.

Also of note was Senator-elect Booker's response to a question he received on Twitter regarding his advocacy for LGBT rights: "It shouldn't matter either way. RT @MrsCommodore @chrisjohnson82 So are you gay, Cory? Curious."

Tonight will be the first time Booker has officiated a wedding while holding public office. NewJersey.com points out, "Since taking office in 2006, Mayor Booker has refused all requests to officiate New Jersey marriages because gay and lesbian couples have been denied that equal right," city spokesman James Allen said in a statement."

UPDATE: Joanne Schailey and Beth Asaro were married just after midnight tonight, becoming one of the first couples to marry in New Jersey. Congratulations to the happy couple!

You can watch a news report from earlier today on the events leading up to the couple's nuptials HERE.

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Cory Booker Wins NJ Senate Race: VIDEO

Newark mayor and LGBT ally Cory Booker has won the special election to fill Senator Frank Lautenberg's seat in the U.S. Senate, defeating Republican Steve Lonegan, Reuters reports:

BookerBooker, who had been heavily favored in polls, defeated conservative Republican Steve Lonegan, a former small-town mayor, according to tallies published online by The New York Times, Politico and the Star-Ledger newspaper.

The tallies showed Booker with an 11 point lead over Lonegan with more than 90 percent of the votes counted.

Booker, 44, spoke to cheering supporters in Newark where he thanked them for turning out to vote against the backdrop of the 16-day government shutdown and partisan battling in Washington.

"It would have been easy to listen to this frustrating negativity and stay home today. But here in New Jersey, more than a million people rejected cynicism and came out on a Wednesday, in the middle of October, three weeks before we have another election, to fight the cynicism," he said.

"You didn't just vote, you believed that your vote and choice mattered," he said.

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Rachel Maddow: Cory Booker is Not Gay

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Rachel Maddow reports on New Jersey's special Senate election this week between Republican Steve Lonegan and Newark Mayor Cory Booker. Maddow makes note of the firing of Lonegan aide Rick Shaftan for his anti-gay remarks directed at Booker.

Adds Maddow: "Also, for the record, Cory's not gay."

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