Matt Klapper will return to his post as chief of staff to U.S. Senator Cory Booker next week after taking a year off to serve as a senior advisor on the presidential campaign, the New Jersey Globe has confirmed.
It’s not immediately clear what position Tricia Russell, who replaced Klapper as chief of staff lats year, will hold.
Several top Booker Senate staffers left the government payroll to join the presidential campaign staff, including deputy chief of staff Tamia Booker and communications director Jeffrey Giertz.
Klapper, a former Summit firefighter, has been with Booker on and off since 2006, when he served as a policy advisor at Newark City Hall while Booker was the mayor. After graduating Yale Law School, he returned to Newark as the mayor’s chief policy advisor.
He was the policy director on Booker’s 2013 Senate campaign and served as a senior advisor on the Senate staff until becoming chief of staff after Booker won a full term in 2014.
Booker’s office did not immediately respond to a 4:49 PM text message.