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Left to right: Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr., and Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick at a press conference in Trenton on June 21, 2018. (Photo: Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe.)

Doug Steinhardt monitoring Cory Booker travel

‘How does he expect to get the Gateway Tunnel done from South Carolina or California?’

By David Wildstein, February 14 2019 1:17 pm

Remembering the constant criticism from Democrats when Republican Gov. Chris Christie was out of state on campaign trips, New Jersey Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt has created a tool to help New Jerseyans track U.S. Senator Cory Booker’s out of state travel.

Booker announced on February 1 that he would seek the Democratic presidential nomination and is already visiting key early primary states.

“While there was no shortage of public outcry over Governor Christie’s state absences to run for president, there’s a double standard when it comes to Cory Booker,” said Steinhardt.

The state party hasn’t invested in any fancy tools to monitor Booker’s movements.  Instead, there’s a page on the state party website that marks Booker’s travel destination on a Google map. Click here.

“These days, it seems Cory Booker is more interested in being Hollywood’s Senator than New Jersey’s Senator.  Instead of spending his time trying to dig New Jersey out of the financial basement, he’s chasing national attention for himself,” said Steinhardt. “How does he expect to get the Gateway Tunnel done from South Carolina or California?”

In a Monmouth University poll released today, about one-third (34%) of the state thinks that Booker can run for president will still effectively serve as New Jersey’s United States Senator, while 58% say he cannot.  For Christie, the number was a more lopsided 26%-71%.

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