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Booker bill in Senate today

Legislation would allow NJ Dem to run for President and U.S. Senate in 2020

By David Wildstein, October 22 2018 9:33 am

Legislation that will allow Cory Booker to run for President in 2020 while seeking re-election to his United States Senate seat will be considered today by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

The proposed new law might not be necessary under existing statutes, according to a state election law expert, but it would make the legislative intent of allowing Booker to seek both offices in 2020 explicit.  That’s sometimes necessary in a state where election laws are often confusing and fungible.

Senate President Steve Sweeney’s bill is being moved so quickly.

The bill specifically allows members of the U.S. Senate or the U.S. House of Representatives to run simultaneously for President or Vice President.

“This bill clarifies that a person may seek the offices of Member of the United States House of Representatives or United States Senator and President or Vice President simultaneously,” the bill statement says.

This story was updated at 10:19 AM

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