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U.S. Senator Cory Booker campaigns for Democratic congressional candidate Mikie Sherrill in Parsippany on August 6, 2018 (NEW JERSEY GLOBE PHOTO)

Entire NJ congressional delegation hosting Booker fundraiser

New Jersey senator has full home state support for presidential bid

By David Wildstein, May 27 2019 12:26 pm

The entire New Jersey Democratic congressional delegation will host a fundraiser for Cory Booker’s presidential campaign next week.

The high-dollar reception at McLoone’s Boathouse in West Orange is being hosted by U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff), Andy Kim (D-Marlton), Tom Malinowski (D-Rocky Hill), Donald Norcross (D-Camden), Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch), Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson), Donald Payne (D-Newark), Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair), Albio Sires (D-West New York), Jeff Van Drew (D-Dennis) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing).

Host committee designations are being given to fundraisers who raise $25,000, co-chairs are being asked to raise $10,000, and the admission price for supporters is $2,800 per person.  Host committee members will get a photo with Booker.

The general reception as two pricing tiers: $1,000 and $500 per person.

Booker is one of three candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination who has the unanimous support of their home state’s Democratic congressional delegation.  Joe Biden has the three Democrats in the Delaware delegation and Bernie Sanders was endorsed by Senate colleague Patrick Leahy and Rep. Peter Welch.

Some presidential candidates have not been able to pull off the unanimity of support from their home state as Booker did.

Kamala Harris has the endorsements of just five of California’s 46 Democratic House members.   The senior senator from the state, Dianne Feinstein, has endorsed Biden

Just one of the 22 Democrats representing New York in Congress has endorsed Kirstin Gillibrand – Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is sitting it out.  In Massachusetts, Senator Edward Markey is backing Elizabeth Warren, but just three of nine House members have signed on.

Booker also held a fundraiser at the home of Gov. Phil Murphy that was hosted by First Lady Tammy Murphy and Jon Bon Jovi.

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