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U.S. Sen. Cory Booker at State Sen. Joe Cryan's annual pre-election Union County brunch. (Photo by Nikita Biryukov)

Booker not looking to repeat Christie campaign missteps

By Nikita Biryukov, February 01 2019 3:20 pm

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker isn’t the first sitting New Jersey official to run for president, and while former Gov. Chris Christie’s run at the office saw the latter criticized for absenteeism, Booker doesn’t intend to fall into those same pits.

“Look, the voters of New Jersey put their faith in me, and I will never, ever let them down,” Booker said I will continue to be an active force in the Senate.”

Booker cited bipartisan criminal justice reform bill that passed the Senate in December to support that stance.

It isn’t as though Booker is just beginning to make trips to states around to country to position himself for the presidential primaries. The Senator has been to Iowa and New Hampshire, among other states, numerous times over the last year to campaign for Democrats there and lay the groundwork for his own presidential run.

But, with his campaign officially announced, that schedule is likely to heat up. He is expected to campaign return to Iowa and New Hampshire and campaign in South Carolina, the sites of the first three contests of 2020’s presidential race, later this month and will likely step up appearances on national media in an effort to further increase his name ID among the country’s voters.

It remains to be seen how well Booker will balance the load of a full campaign schedule, even so far out from 2020, with his responsibilities in the Senate. At the very least, he has Christie to look to as a cautionary tale.

“At a time of cynicism in Washington — heck if you just look at the last Congress — at a time that people don’t believe Washington can get big things done, in the last Congress alone I was able to work across the aisle with my partners and get big legislation done,” Booker said.

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