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

Booker job approval at 57% in Monmouth poll

U.S. Senator from New Jersey up six points from last year

By David Wildstein, May 05 2021 1:00 pm

New Jerseyans give U.S. Senator Cory Booker job approval ratings of 57%-35% in a new Monmouth University poll, up from 51%-33% in April 2020.

Among registered voters, Booker is at 57%-36%.

The former Newark mayor and presidential candidate is at 87%-9% among Democrats and 47%-41% among independents.  Republicans give Booker a 23%-69% approval rating.

Booker is at 47%-46% among white adults and 72%-19% among Black, Hispanic and Asian residents in New Jersey.

In a September 2019 Monmouth poll, Booker was at 45%-40% in a September 2019 Monmouth poll.  He was at 48-38% in February 2019.

Booker doesn’t have to face voters for another four years.  His seat is up in 2026.

With 2,541,178 votes in his 2020 re-election bid, Booker set a record for the greatest number of votes ever received by a statewide candidate in New Jersey. He defeated Republican Rik Mehta by 724,126 votes, 57%-41%.

Booker has now been in New Jersey politics for 23 years.  He won a Newark City Council seat in 1998, was elected mayor in 2006, and won a 2013 special election for U.S. Senate following the death of Frank Lautenberg.

This year, Booker assumed the chairmanship of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Criminal Justice and Counterterrorism, giving him jurisdiction over the criminal division of the U.S. Department of Justice, the Bureau of Prisons, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The new post allows Booker to continue his pursuit of reforming what he says is the nation’s broken criminal justice system.  That was a cornerstone of his 2020 presidential bid.

He also chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee of Food and Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Organics and Research, which has oversight over food and nutrition assistance and school meals.

The Monmouth University Poll was conducted from April 29 to May 4 with a sample size of 706 adults and has a margin of error of +/- 3.7%.

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