When Vice President Mike Pence visits New Jersey this week to raise money for Republican congressional candidate Jay Webber, U.S. Senator Cory Booker hopes that he’s coming not just to talk, but too listen.
“I think if he listens to the people of the district and listens to the economic pain that this tax plan has caused, listens to how much more taxes people are going to have to pay, listens to what he’s doing to reduce property values by about 10% — I think if he stops and listens to New Jerseyans, I think he’ll feel bad,” Booker said at a press conference on Monday in support of Democrat Mikie Sherrill.
Booker said that the Trump tax plan is hurting the people of New Jersey’s 11th district and he hopes that Pence will take a look at the data he says will back him up.
“There’s a lot of pocketbook issues, from infrastructure dollars to healthcare reimbursement dollars that this presidency is threatening in this state,” the senator said.
Booker said he hopes commuters will ask Pence about the Gateway Project to build a new tunnel under the Hudson River.
But Booker stopped short of criticizing Webber for having Pence fundraise for him.
“I respect the Vice President. I don’t have any negative words to him,” said Booker. “We have too much overzealous hatred in our political system.”