Senate President Pro-Tempore Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark) is heading to New Hampshire this morning where she will open Cory Booker’s Nashua campaign office.
This is Ruiz’s first trip outside New Jersey as a surrogate for Booker’s presidential campaign. The charismatic four-term senator represents Newark’s central ward, where Booker launched his first campaign for city council in 1998.
Booker was in his first year as mayor of Newark in 2007 when Ruiz ran for an open State Senate seat. Booker backed Ruiz, who won 57% of the vote against longtime Newark city councilman Luis Quintana and assemblyman William Payne (D-Newark), the brother of then-Rep. Donald Payne (D-Newark).
Ruiz is also the first surrogate to appear in New Hampshire on behalf of a 2020 presidential candidate, according to WMUR’s John DiStaso.
DiStaso reported that Nashua is Booker’s second New Hampshire campaign office, following Manchester, and will open one in Portsmouth later this month.
Ruiz was 33 when she won her Senate seat and is one of the state’s most influential legislators. In addition to her leadership role, she chairs the Senate Education Committee.