Eva Longoria and Cory Booker have a date – on the campaign trail.
The actress, an A-lister in Democrat circles as well as in Hollywood, is scheduled to join the Newark mayor’s bus tour, stopping in such places as Plainfield and Jersey City before ending in Booker’s city for a Monday evening rally, according to newjerseynewsroom.com.
Booker is the front-runner in Tuesday’s special election primary, which is being held to pick the Democratic and Republican nominees for the Oct. 16 election to fill the unexpired term of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
Although he is considered a shoe-in, Booker, a Democrat, is bringing out all the heavy celebrity artillery, leaving nothing to chance.
“We’re not taking anything for granted,” Booker said, according to the Wall Street Journal. “We’re just going to do everything we can to bring people out to the polls.”
Longoria tweeted “Please help me support #CoryBooker and spread the word 2 vote in the NJ Democratic Primary, Tuesday, Aug. 13. Thank you.”
Longoria has become a force in politics in recent years. She was co-chair of Obama’s re-election campaign and his inauguration this past January. She’s also on a presidential commission that is pushing for the establishment of a museum dedicated to Latinos in U.S. history.
She has charities dedicated to improving life for disabled children, education for Latinos, and business opportunities for Latinas. And she is one of the most high-profile non-politician advocates for immigration reform.
Longoria, the daughter of Mexican-American parents – a teacher and an Army engineer – grew up in Corpus Christi, Tex.
“I took out loans to pay for school,” she proudly recalled during her speech at the Democratic National Convention last year. “Then I changed oil in a mechanic shop, flipped burgers at Wendy’s, taught aerobics and worked on campus to pay them back.”
Longoria graduated in May with a Master's degree in Chicano Studies that she had been pursuing over the past three years at California State University.
Those running in the Democratic primary, in addition to Booker, are state Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, Reps. Rush Holt and Frank Pallone. On the Republican side are former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan and Alieta Eck, a physician.