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Benson not ready to pick another presidential favorite

‘It’s tought’ with Booker out, assemblyman says

By Nikita Biryukov, February 03 2020 11:25 am

Assemblyman Daniel Benson isn’t ready to endorse a presidential candidate following U.S. Sen. Cory Booker’s withdrawal from the race.

“With him out it’s tough,” he said. “I think there’s a lot of great candidates. We’re going to see where things kind of go, but I’m on that train of anyone but Trump. And I think everyone that’s running right now is qualified, and I’m excited to see where things are moving on this.”

Booker dropped his presidential bid last month after failing to qualify for a second consecutive presidential debate.

The former Newark mayor launched his campaign almost exactly one year ago, on Feb. 1, 2019, but failed to garner sizable support in polls.

He hovered in the middle of the pack, averaging roughly 2% support, for months before the money ran out and he was forced to withdraw.

Booker has since announced a Senate re-election bid.

Most New Jersey Democrats — they almost ubiquitously endorsed Booker — have yet to choose their next-favorite candidate, though some lawmakers, like Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Rocky Hill), have since backed former Vice President Joe Biden.

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