The 49-year-old New Jersey Democratic senator has long been seen as a likely presidential candidate. Booker, a former mayor of Newark, raised a national profile with an early embrace of social media.
Over the past several weeks I have studied the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action and exhaustively explored the possible ramifications of this agreement and its alternatives. I’ve consulted with an array of experts on both sides of the debate, sat in classified briefings, discussed it with former and current White House leadership, and benefited from the wise insights of both Republican and Democratic colleagues in the Senate. I also studied Iran and its history, its decades-long efforts to illicitly obtain a nuclear weapon and the evil nature and horrific extent of its support and sponsorship of terrorism, its destabilizing involvement in ongoing regional conflicts, and its destructive hatred and determination to destroy the United States and our ally Israel.
Two Democratic senators introduced a bill this week aimed at changing what former Attorney General Eric Holder once called the "unacceptable" lack of data on the subject of police shootings. Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on Tuesday introduced the Police Reporting of Information, Data and Evidence Act (PRIDE), which would require states to report to the Justice Department any time a law enforcement officer is involved in a shooting and any instance where an officer or a civilian is seriously hurt or killed as a result of the use of force. States would also have to report details like the age, race and location of any victims; whether or not the civilians present were armed; and how many civilians and officers were involved.
On March 10, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) was among a bipartisan group of senators that introduced a historic bill that would, for the first time, force the federal government to acknowledge that marijuana has some medical value. Booker, who has become one of the leading voices for criminal justice and drug policy reform in the US Senate, is also pushing the REDEEM Act, a bill that would, among other changes, allow nonviolent drug offenders to more easily seal their records and apply for welfare programs. I sat down with Booker on the same day he introduced the medical marijuana bill to discuss some of his broader thoughts about the criminal justice system — and why he sees reform in this area as being as urgent as the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
Cory Booker, the charismatic Newark mayor who won a national following via Twitter and his own heroics, was elected to the U.S. Senate Wednesday. Booker, a Democrat, defeated Republican Steve Lonegan, the former mayor of Bogota, N.J., in a special election to fill the seat held by Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died in June.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker has made a name for himself as a politician, but the Senate-hopeful thinks that politics is just the first step in the process of improving America. “We need to get out of the idea that politics is the end, that just putting people in office is what we should be aspiring for,” he explained to Rev. Al Sharpton on Friday’s Advancing the Dream: Live from the Apollo. “The end ultimately is about our own communities and our neighborhoods and how are we as a country living up to this ideal that no child, every child born in america, no matter where you’re born, should have an equal shot at making.”
Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker (D), campaigning for U.S. Senate, defended his plans for criminal justice reform and the rehashed talks of his sexuality in an MSNBC interview with Chris Hayes on Thursday. Booker reiterated his view that the criminal justice system is a significant waste of taxpayer dollars and keeps far too many Americans in prison.
Cory Booker is already the heavy favorite in the New Jersey Senate race after winning the Democratic nomination last week, but now he officially has President Obama’s stamp of approval ahead of the October special election.
Cory A. Booker, the mayor of Newark, who rose to prominence with his efforts to remake a notoriously troubled city and then used that perch to build a national reputation as a charismatic and media-savvy star in the Democratic Party, easily won the Democratic nomination for United States Senate on Tuesday night.
A rising star in the Democratic Party and a Republican former mayor won their parties' primaries on Tuesday to set up a campaign of political and stylistic contrasts as they seek to fill the final 15 months of the term of the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg. Newark Mayor Cory Booker defeated three experienced politicians — U.S. Reps. Rush Holt and Frank Pallone and state Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver — in a Democratic primary that may have been more competitive had the field been less crowded. The race was a major draw for them partly because of New Jersey's history of electing only Democrats to the Senate over the past 40 years.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker was treated and released from the hospital Thursday night after suffering from smoke inhalation while helping to rescue his neighbors from a fire.