Cory Booker looks ahead

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U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (Senate of the United States photo)
By Bradford Mason
Managing Editor

New Jersey U.S. Senator Cory Booker announced this week the ending of his campaign for the Democratic nomination for U.S. President. 

“It’s with a full heart that I share this news—I’ve made the hard decision to suspend my campaign for president,” Booker said in a YouTube video. “I’ve said throughout this race that this election is not just a referendum on Donald Trump. It’s a referendum on who we are and who we must be to each other...And over the past year, I’ve seen the very best of who we can be. To my team, supporters, and everyone who gave me a shot—thank you. I am so proud of what we built, and I feel nothing but faith in what we can accomplish together.”

Using the hashtag #RiseTogether, Booker's campaign, which he launched in February 2019, consisted of promises for cut down on illegal guns, decriminalizing marijuana, eliminating immigration detention and holding pharmaceutical companies accountable. However, Booker failed to meet the polling thresholds to participate in the sixth debate that was held in December.

He now has his sits set on running for re-election for his Senate seat along with looking ahead to the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

“His leadership and energy is invaluable to the Senate and to the people of New Jersey," said senior New Jersey U. S. Senator Bob Menendez. "I’m looking forward to hitting the campaign trail for Senator Booker’s re-election this fall and to continuing our work together for years to come.”

In is first week off the campaign trail, Booker released his personal annotations on Trump's impeachment trail to several foundational documents from the country’s inception. 

Through the social medium platform Genius, the annotations provide an inside view of Booker’s thoughts and analysis on the Founders’ considerations when they created the Constitution’s impeachment provisions, as well as a helpful roadmap to the historical framework he will bring to this grave responsibility.

The day before announcing his plans to suspend his campaign, Booker delivered remarks to the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey’s Security and Safety Summit, where he condemned recent anti-Semitic attacks in the state and across the country, and called for concrete action to better protect the Jewish community.

“This is a time in our state and in our nation with growing levels of anti-Semitic violence that no one should remain silent," he said. "This is a time that all of us should be speaking up and condemning the hate, celebrating our connection and allowing no shelter for those who want to divide our society against ourselves.”

On the presidential election, Booker said on Medium that he plans to support the Democratic nomine no matter who it is. While he didn't name a specific candidate he would back, for the primary an Insider NJ online unscientific poll shows that 44 percent of those who participated in the poll said he should support Pete Buttigieg while 50 percent say he should back Andrew Yang.

"I will be doing everything in my power to elect the eventual Democratic nominee for president, whomever that may be, and to elect great Democrats to the Senate and up and down the ballot," he said. "2020 is the most important election of our lifetimes — we have to beat Donald Trump … but beating Trump is the floor, not the ceiling."

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