Jeffrey Chiesa

Cory Booker's arrival is Senate spectacle

WASHINGTON -- Four new U.S. senators have taken the oath of office since the start of the 113th Congress but only one, Cory Booker, New Jersey’s new junior senator, has attracted much attention.

Vice President Joe Biden administered the oath to the former Newark mayor on Thursday, drawing robust applause from the unusually packed galleries of the Senate chamber.

More than two dozen fellow Democrats were on hand to welcome Booker to their ranks, along with only three Republicans, including South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, the only other African American in the Senate.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) greeted his new colleague, who built a national following as a...