Updated Sep 20, 2019

Cory Booker on the issues, in under 500 words

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Editor's note: Booker dropped out of contention for the Democratic presidential nomination on Jan. 13, 2020. Below is our original article on his candidacy.

Democrat Cory Booker is a New Jersey senator known for his optimistic views. The former mayor of Newark lived in one of the city's most distressed buildings until 2006 in a show of defiance against the landlord and the city.

Key facts about Cory Booker:
  • Current position: Senator from New Jersey — 5 years served
  • Age: 49
  • Born: Washington, D.C.
  • Undergraduate: Stanford (Rhodes Scholar)
  • Date candidacy announced: Feb. 1, 2019
  • % of votes in line with Trump, per FiveThirtyEight: 15.4%
  • Previous roles: Newark, N.J. city council, mayor of Newark
Cory Booker's stance on key issues:
Key criticisms of Cory Booker:
  • Corporate interests: Booker was the top recipient of Wall Street money in the 2014 election cycle. He also has a reputation as a friend of the pharmaceutical industry as well as Silicon Valley.
  • Self-promotion: He has been criticized as a grandstanding politician, highlighted by his "I am Spartacus" moment when he said he would jeopardize his Senate seat by releasing confidential documents during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings.
1 fun thing about Cory Booker:

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