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U..S. Senator Cory Booker at the Mt. Zion AME Church in New Brunswick on September 10, 2018 (NEW JERSEY GLOBE PHOTO)

Booker pledges focus on NJ Democratic races

Says he’ll campaign for Dems up and down ballot

By David Wildstein, September 10 2018 1:51 pm

U.S. Senator Cory Booker might be mulling a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination — he campaigned in Texas this weekend and will headline a major party fundraiser in Iowa next month — but today he doubled down on a commitment to help New Jersey Democrats this fall.

“I’ve been exhausting myself up and down this state, not to mention the country, because of the urgency of these midterms,” Booker told the New Jersey Globe. “I’m going to do everything I can to help the New Jersey Democratic Party win elections from the grassroots to the congressional seats.”

This is in sharp contrast to New Jersey’s last presidential aspirant, Chris Christie, who spent most of his time campaigning outside the state in 2010, 2012 and 2014 and did little to help Republicans win local races in his home state.

“This is just a very important New Jersey election.  I haven’t seen one like this before. I’m going to be doing everything I can in totality, said Booker.  “There’s a sense of urgency in New Jersey right now about our representation.”

Booker hinted that he’ll take a special interest in ousting two-term Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River), suggesting that one particular incumbent voted against the interests of New Jersey on issues like state and local taxes, health care, and infrastructure dollars.

MacArthur faces a challenge from Democrat Andy Kim, a former Obama White House staffer.

His pledge to take an active role in New Jersey over the coming weeks — he campaigned for New Brunswick Mayor Frank Cahill this morning after a press conference with U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and Rep, Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch) on Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee — could boost the chances of Democrats as they seek to elect county clerks in Morris and Passaic counties, take control of the Burlington County Board of Freeholders, and break  the all-Republican lock on freeholder boards in Somerset and Morris counties.

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