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U.S. Sen. Cory Booker. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Booker hits pause on campaign amid COVID crisis

Senator not actively raising money, fighting for votes

By Nikita Biryukov, April 02 2020 1:38 pm

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-Newark) has put the brakes on fundraising and campaigning for re-election amid the COVID-19 crisis.

“Not right now,” Booker said when asked if he was still raising money and ginning up votes among the state’s Democrats. “People are still digitally giving money to us and the like, but my time, 24/7 is dealing with this.”

Booker faces a primary challenge from Larry Hamm, who is chairman of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ New Jersey presidential campaign, in his bid for a second full term in the upper chamber of Congress.

The senator’s focus on the COVID pandemic comes amid vast restrictions on gatherings that have made in-person voter contact all but impossible.

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