All In with Chris Hayes, 8/30/13, 8:53 PM ET

Cory Booker: ‘My sexuality is not an issue right now’

After comments from Republican New Jersey Senate candidate Steve Lonegan, Newark Mayor and Democratic New Jersey Senate candidate Cory Booker talks with Chris Hayes about Booker’s own sexuality and whether it should even be an issue.

Cory Booker on personal life: ‘My sexuality is not an issue right now’

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Cory Booker’s opponent for the New Jersey Senate seat, Steve Lonegan, says it’s “weird” that the Newark mayor won’t discuss his private life. But Booker, on the All in With Chris Hayes show on Thursday, says the topic is irrelevant.

“The question really should not be am I gay or straight. The question should be, why the heck are you asking the question in the first place? It doesn’t make a whit of difference what kind of senator I’m going to be or not,” said Booker.

“I have affirmed my sexual orientation numerous times over the years,” he said. “People in my local press world know exactly what that is.”

“We need to stop in America talking about anybody in a public realm, besides what is important–the content of their character, the quality of their ideas, the courage within their hearts to serve others. That’s what’s important,” said Booker.

“My sexuality is not an issue right now.”

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Cory Booker on personal life: 'My sexuality is not an issue right now'

Updated