Cory Booker

Senator from New Jersey
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Cory Booker dropped out of the presidential race on January 13, 2020. This page is no longer being updated.
Booker is running a campaign focused on love, unity and identity. He first gained national recognition as mayor of Newark, New Jersey, at times answering pleas to shovel residents out after major snowstorms. He was elected to the US Senate in a 2013 special election.
Stanford University, B.A., 1991; Stanford University, M.A, 1992; University of Oxford, Rhodes scholar, 1994; Yale Law School, J.D., 1997
April 27, 1969
Mayor of Newark, 2006-2013;
Partner at the law firm Booker, Rabinowitz, Trenk, Lubetkin, Tully, DiPasquale and Webster, 2002-2006;
Newark City Council member, 1998-2002;
Staff attorney at the Urban Justice Center, 1997
Cory Booker Fast Facts
Updated 10:10 AM ET, Tue Mar 24, 2020
Here is a look at the life of Cory Booker, US senator from New Jersey and former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. Personal Birth date: April 27, 1969 Birth place: Washington, DC Birth name: Cory Anthony Booker Father: Cary Booker, IBM executive Mother: Carolyn Booker, IBM executive Education: Stanford University, B.A., 1991; Stanford University, M.A, 1992; University of Oxford, Honors Degree, 1994 (Rhodes Scholar); Yale Law School, J.D., 1997 Religion: Baptist Other Facts Received a football scholarship to attend Stanford University. Became a vegetarian in 1992 and went vegan (no eggs or dairy) in 2014. Lived in a public housing complex in Newark called Brick Towers for eight years. The dilapidated building was demolished in 2007, the year after Booker moved out. While serving as mayor of Newark, Booker developed a reputation for engaging in personal acts of heroism like rescuing a neighbor from a house fire and chasing down a suspected bank robber. Using social media to connect with constituents, he shoveled snowbound driveways by request and invited nearby city residents to his home when Hurricane Sandy caused widespread power outages. Booker was elected mayor as a reformer with a vision to revitalize the struggling city yet high unemployment rates and violent crime continued to plague Newark while he was in office. Booker was criticized by the New Jersey state comptroller for failing to conduct oversight on the city's watershed management program, where corruption was rife. Timeline 1997 - Staff attorney at the Urban Justice Center in New York. 1998-2002 - Newark city councilman. 2002-2006 - Partner at the law firm, Booker, Rabinowitz, Trenk, Lubetkin, Tully, DiPasquale & Webster. 2006-2013 - Mayor of Newark, New Jersey. September 24, 2010 - Booker appears with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Mark Zuckerberg on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to announce the Facebook founder's $100 million donation to Newark schools. The school reform initiative, centered on promoting privately-run charter schools as an option for parents with children in failing public schools, yields mixed results. Researchers at Harvard University conclude that Newark students showed improvement in English but made no significant gains in math. December 4, 2012 - Booker begins a week of food rationing to raise awareness of poverty and hunger in America, for the campaign SNAP Challenge. October 31, 2013 - Sworn in to the US Senate after winning a special election earlier in the month to replace the late Frank Lautenberg. November 4, 2014 - Reelected to the Senate. February 16, 2016 - Booker's memoir, "United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good," is published. January 11, 2017 - Booker breaks with Senate precedent to deliver testimony against the appointment of Jeff Sessions as attorney general, becoming the first sitting senator to testify against a fellow sitting senator at a confirmation hearing for a cabinet position. August 1, 2017 - Booker introduces a bill to remove marijuana from the federal government's list of controlled substances. The Marijuana Justice Act would also expunge federal marijuana use and possession offenses from criminal records. The bill is referred to committee. August 3, 2017 - Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduces the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act. The measure, cosponsored by Booker, would shield Special Counsel Robert Mueller from actions taken by the executive branch to interfere with the probe of Russian interference during the 2016 election. The bill is sent to committee. September 6, 2018 - Republicans accuse Booker of grandstanding after he likens himself to Spartacus, a Roman slave who led a failed revolt, during Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. December 21, 2018 - President Donald Trump signs a criminal justice reform bill, the First Step Act, into law. Booker endorsed the bipartisan legislation and added an amendment that limits the usage of solitary confinement for juveniles in federal custody. February 1, 2019 - Booker releases a video announcing his presidential candidacy. Later, he appears on the ABC talk show, "The View," participates in multiple radio interviews and holds a press conference in Newark. January 13, 2020 - Booker ends his 2020 presidential campaign after failing to qualify for the January 14, 2020, Democratic debate. March 9, 2020 - Booker endorses Joe Biden for president.
climate crisis
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Booker in September 2019 unveiled a $3 trillion plan for combating the climate crisis that promises to invest in clean energy, phase out the use of fossil fuels and create a carbon-neutral economy by 2045. The plan would require fossil fuel producers to pay a carbon fee on coal, natural gas and oil production and would end tax subsidies to those industries. Booker would create a “progressive climate dividend” paid to Americans through the carbon fees on fossil fuel producers. He also would take executive action to reverse many of Trump’s actions undoing Obama-era environmental initiatives. During the first Democratic primary debate, in June 2019, Booker cited climate change as one of the biggest threats facing the US. He supports the Green New Deal and has pushed back against critics of the plan who have called it impractical. “If we used to govern our dreams that way, we would have never gone to the moon,” Booker has said on the campaign trail. He has said he would keep the US in the Paris climate accord, a landmark 2015 deal on global warming targets that Trump has pledged to abandon. More on Booker’s climate crisis policy
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Booker has been known in the past as business-friendly, accepting $100 million from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for schools in Newark during his tenure as mayor. As a presidential candidate, Booker has called for more robust enforcement of antitrust laws, citing a “serious problem [in our country] with corporate consolidation.” During the first presidential debate, Booker said he would target companies like Amazon that pay low federal taxes or none at all. The senator has also discussed rolling back the 2017 Trump tax cuts. According to his campaign, Booker has stood by his opposition of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an 11-nation deal negotiated under Obama that Trump withdrew from in one of his first acts as President. He has opposed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement – the successor deal to the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiated by Trump – as it is written. More on Booker’s economic policy
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As Newark mayor, Booker revamped public schools, aided by a $100 million donation from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Booker has drawn criticism for strengthening public charter schools as part of his efforts. He has pledged to raise teacher pay and commit more resources to public schools, including fully funding special education programs. Booker has proposed a “baby bonds” system that would create savings accounts for Americans when they are born; after the person turns 18, the money can be used for college tuition or homeownership or retirement. He has co-sponsored a bill that would establish a state-federal partnership aimed at helping higher education institutions provide assistance to students. More on Booker’s education policy
gun violence
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Booker has proposed federally mandated gun licenses, modeled after driver’s licenses. “If you need a license to drive a car,” he has said, “you need a license to own a gun.” His plan would also expand background checks and fund programs for communities beset by gun violence. It would ban so-called assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and bump stocks. He has proposed regulation and oversight of gun manufacturers. He would also close the “boyfriend loophole,” preventing people who abused dating partners from buying or owning firearms. More on Booker’s gun violence policy
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Booker has co-sponsored Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” proposal, legislation that would create a government-run health care plan and essentially eliminate the private insurance industry. Still, he is in favor of keeping private insurance plans. When asked in February 2019 if he would do away with private health care, he said, “Even countries that have vast access to publicly offered health care still have private health care, so no.” He is a co-sponsor of Medicare-X, which would let individuals and small businesses buy government-backed insurance policies, known as a public option, on the Affordable Care Act exchanges. Additionally, he supports lowering the Medicare age to 50. Booker has pledged to work to drive down the price of prescription drugs, including co-sponsoring a measure that would annually review whether brand-name drugs are excessively priced relative to those in other countries. He has also come out in favor of importing drugs from Canada and other developed nations. More on Booker’s health care policy
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Booker has proposed a range of executive actions to immediately roll back Trump’s immigration policies, including ending immigrant detention and family separations, and decriminalizing crossing the border without documentation. He would expand Obama-era protections for some undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and those who are parents of American citizens. He ridiculed Trump’s national emergency declaration on the border wall, and voted against a spending bill – which ultimately passed and was signed into law – that provided $1.357 billion for 55 miles of new barriers. Booker has also endorsed accepting a minimum of 110,000 refugees annually, a significant increase over the historically low levels of resettlement during the Trump administration. More on Booker’s immigration policy
Here are the states that postponed their primaries due to coronavirus
Updated 7:51 PM ET, Fri Apr 3, 2020
Multiple states have postponed their primaries due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has significantly altered the daily lives of Americans. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that no gatherings with 50 people or more take place for the next eight weeks to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The next day, the White House advised all Americans to avoid groups of more than 10 and urged older people to stay at home altogether in a set of new guidelines. This has affected some states' plans for their primaries and caucuses. Here are the states and territories changing their plans due to coronavirus: Alaska The Alaska Democratic Party moved its party-run primary to entirely vote-by-mail, getting rid of in-person voting. "All in-person voting across the state originally scheduled for April 4 has been canceled in favor of a more extensive vote-by-mail process approved unanimously by the Alaska Democratic Party Executive Committee," a Facebook post by Alaska Democrats read. The deadline to vote by mail was extended from March 24 to April 10. The Alaska Republican Party said its Republican state convention, which is scheduled to take place from April 2 to April 4, would convene electronically. "In light of recent announcements from Governor Mike Dunleavy, Dr. Anne Zink, and changing CDC advice about the COVID19 virus, the Alaska Republican Party State Central Committee meeting will convene electronically as scheduled on April 2," a statement from Alaska Republicans read. "Thereafter, beginning on April 3, the State Convention will convene electronically." Connecticut Connecticut moved its primary from April 28 to June 2. "In coordination with other states and our Secretary of the State, and in an effort to carry out Democracy while keeping public health a top priority, I have decided to move our presidential primary to June 2nd," Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont said in a tweet. Delaware Democratic Delaware Gov. John Carney announced that he had modified his State of Emergency Declaration to delay the state's primary from April 28 to June 2. "Delawareans have a basic, fundamental right to vote. Today's order will preserve that right and allow Delawareans to vote by absentee ballot in the presidential primary on June 2," Carney said in a statement. Georgia Georgia moved its primary from March 24 to May 19. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said in a statement that coronavirus has increased the risks to voters and poll workers with in-person voting. "Governor (Brian) Kemp has declared a public health emergency. President (Donald) Trump has declared a national emergency," Raffensperger said. "Events are moving rapidly and my highest priority is protecting the health of our poll workers, their families, and the community at large." Hawaii The Democratic Party of Hawaii said in-person voting on April 4 has been canceled and that the primary will be conducted by mail-in ballots. "Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on-site same-day voting on April 4th has been cancelled. Instead the Party will send a third mailing of ballots out. ... The mail-ballot return deadline is May 22, 2020. Results will be tabulated and released on May 23, 2020," a statement from the Democratic Party of Hawaii reads. Indiana Indiana moved its primary from May 5 to June 2. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, a Republican, signed an executive order rescheduling the state's primary election to June. "The right of citizens to elect their leaders in a free and open election is one of the cornerstones of America. In order to balance that right with the safety of county employees, poll workers and voters, delaying Indiana's primary election is the right move as we continue to do all we can to protect Hoosiers' health," Holcomb said in a statement. Kentucky Kentucky moved its primary from May 19 to June 23. Secretary of State Michael Adams said the state's primary election would be postponed. "Today, Governor (Andy) Beshear and I agreed to delay the primary election originally scheduled for May 19 to June 23," Adams said in a video posted to Twitter. Louisiana Louisiana was the first state to postpone its presidential primary. It was moved from April 4 to June 20. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, signed an executive order that would postpone the state's upcoming elections, including its presidential primary. "The reasons include taking into account the older age of the majority of precinct volunteers and workers, and the need to reduce public contact, and also to allow maximum participation by all voters, regardless of their age and their health conditions," Edwards said at a news conference in New Orleans. Maryland Maryland moved its primary from April 28 to June 2, Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said. "While there are many valid reasons for unease and uncertainty right now, ensuring that the voices of Maryland citizens are heard shouldn't be one of them," Hogan, a Republican, said at a news conference. Additionally, Hogan said the special election to the fill the congressional seat of late Rep. Elijah Cummings will be held via vote by mail only. New York New York moved its primary from April 28 to June 23, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, citing coronavirus fears. "I don't think it's wise to be bringing a lot of people to one location to vote," Cuomo said during a news conference. As of late March, New York state was the epicenter of the American coronavirus outbreak. More than 52,000 people had been confirmed to have Covid-19 across the state as of March 28, the governor said, and the state had tested 155,934 people. Ohio The Ohio state legislature passed legislation extending mail-in voting in the state's primary to April 28, and Gov. Mike DeWine signed it into law. The legislation reads, "the Secretary of State shall send a postcard to each registered elector in this state, notifying the elector of the methods by which the elector may obtain an application for absent voter's ballots, the procedures and deadlines to apply for absent voter's ballots under this section, and the procedures and deadline to return voted ballots to the office of the board of elections under this section." Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose issued a statement saying he advocated for a different plan, and that it was "disappointing" that the state legislature has "chosen to significantly reduce the time provided for Ohio to bring this primary to a close." "The proposal that Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted and I laid out was preferable, and unlike the plan enacted today, our proposal would have concluded the election by putting a ballot request directly in the hands of every voter along with a postage-paid return envelope," LaRose said. Uncertainty has surrounded the status of Ohio's primary election. The day before the primary, which was initially scheduled for March 17, DeWine requested that a court move the election to June because of the pandemic. A judge denied DeWine's request. Then, the governor said Ohio Health Director Amy Acton would order the polls closed because of a health emergency. The following morning, Ohio's Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the poll closure by a candidate for a county judgeship. Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, signed a bill to move the presidential primary election from April 28 to June 2. "Notwithstanding Section 603 or any law of this commonwealth, the General Primary Election shall occur throughout this Commonwealth on June 2, 2020," the bill reads. Puerto Rico The Democratic Party of Puerto Rico postponed its primary a second time, to a date that will be determined later. Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez, of the New Progressive Party, initially signed legislation to move the primary, which had been scheduled for March 29, to the end of April. The measure included language to move the date again if the state of emergency continued. "If ... the state of emergency caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues, the Chairman of the Democratic Party of Puerto Rico, in consultation with the President of the State Commission on Elections, is hereby authorized to select an alternate date for the holding of the Democratic Party Presidential Primary in 2020, that is consistent with the Democratic Party delegate selection rules and regulations," it read. Rhode Island Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, signed an executive order moving the Democratic and Republican presidential primary elections from April 28 to June 2. The order said the state board of elections would determine a "predominantly mail ballot" primary. "The Rhode Island Department of Health shall advise the Board on any public health concerns that may arise with respect to voting practices involving person-to-person contact," the order read. West Virginia West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, a Republican, said he is moving the state's primary election from May 12 to June 9. "I truly support...the ability for all of our citizens to be able to vote and to be able to vote in a way that they've always voted. You know, we've voted in wartime and in peace and in absolute, you know, tough situations and everything. We've got, especially our seniors, that value, the treasure of being able to vote," Justice said. Wyoming The Wyoming Democratic Party said it would conduct its presidential preference caucus entirely by mail. "All WyoDems who were registered by March 20 were automatically sent a ballot in the mail, to the address on their voter registration. The deadline to request a replacement ballot was March 31, 2020," a statement from the party reads. "Ballots must be mailed back to WDP (postage paid envelope is included) and received by April 17, 2020. Ballots received after April 17 will not be tabulated." The Wyoming Democratic Party said counties would hold delegate elections and conventions electronically no later than May 24. This story will be updated as additional postponements are announced.