D Booker, R Christie cut ribbon to officially open
Teachers Village in Newark, New Jersey

They shared a hug, and then Gov. Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Cory Booker shared a pair of scissors to cut the ribbon on a $150 million project that has begun to transform five blighted blocks near the heart of the city’s business district into a residential and education center.

Booker, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg, put politics aside at the morning ceremony. Seated next to the governor during welcome speeches, the two shared laughs. Christie is campaigning for re-election.

“We happen to be in this silly season of politics,” Booker said. “This is the season when everyone wants to pit people against each other. … This is wrong and wrongheaded. America is great when we come together.”