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Booker could be first Jersey guy since Wilson to win the presidency

Would be second Bergen native to run in 2020

By David Wildstein, January 16 2019 12:34 am

With the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination quickly taking shape, U.S. Senator Cory Booker prepares to become the first New Jerseyan to win the presidency since Gov. Woodrow Wilson in 1912.

If Booker enters the race, he will be the second Bergen County native to seek the presidency next year.  Former Rep. John Delaney (D-Maryland) grew up in Wood-Ridge, attended Bergen Catholic High School, and went to college on a scholarship provided by his father’s union, IBEW Local 164.in Paramus.  

Delaney ousted a Republican congressman in 2012 and gave up the seat last year to seek the presidency.   

Already in the race: former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii).

Gabbard raised $48,164 from New Jersey donors during her 2018 re-election campaign.  

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) has scheduled an announcement for January 19.  Two other Senators, Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) have formed exploratory committees.

Harris raised $160,886 from New Jerseyans in 2016 U.S. Senate race.  Warren brought in $233,273 from New Jersey in her 2018 re-election campaign, while Gillibrand raised $316,740.

In 1960, New Jersey’s delegates to the Democratic National Convention were pledged to Gov. Robert Meyner, the favorite-son candidate.  Meyner was interested in the presidency, but never formally entered the race; he had hoped that delegates might turn to him as their candidate if the convention deadlocked between John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.

New Jersey magazine publisher Steve Forbes sough the Republican presidential nomination in 1996 and 2000.

Former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley sought the Democratic nomination for president in 2000 against Vice President Al Gore.

Gov. Chris Christie ran for president in 2016, but withdrew after a poor showing in the New Hampshire GOP primary.

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