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Cory Booker

Cory
Booker

Cory Booker is the junior United States Senator representing New Jersey. He was elected to the Senate in 2013 in a special election, and won re-election in 2014. Booker got his start as a tenant organizer in Newark, eventually serving on Newark City Council and as mayor, where he became an extremely prolific Tweeter, and a prominent vegan. He also shoveled people’s driveways if you asked nicely on Twitter. He went to Stanford University on a plant-based football scholarship and graduated with a B.A. and M.A., and was selected for a gluten-free Rhodes Scholarship. He went on to receive his J.D. from Yale University. Learn more about Senator Booker below:

Why are you running

“I’m running to wake up the moral consciousness of our country, to confront injustices and understand that the only way we’ve ever solved mass injustice in this country…[is] by creating broader coalitions of people.”

— Cory Booker

Top Priorities

Income Inequality

Cut taxes and supplement wages through the Rise Credit.

Criminal Justice Reform

Legalize marijuana, reverse mass incarceration, and fund public defenders.

Gun violence prevention

Require gun licensing, take executive action to close loopholes in gun sales, and invest in communities impacted by gun violence.

Tweeter in Chief

Pod Save America

2020: Cory Booker on radical love and the filibuster

Timestamps

[00:01:02]
Experience in Newark shaping his views.

[00:04:26]
On how anger can be a powerful emotion in activism and politics.

[00:07:20]
On “working within the system” and working for your communities.

[00:10:30]
On the idea of separating voters by identity (urban vs. agricultural).

[00:12:20]
On why he’s running for office.

[00:12:40]
On the housing discrimination his parents faced because of their race.

[00:15:59]
On baby bonds and wealth inequality.

[00:20:04]
On the Republican party and the erosion of the Senate.

[00:22:50]
On fighting for civic grace, courageous empathy, and common cause.

[00:24:54]On reforming the Senate.

[00:25:24]
On calling out the media and holding outlets accountable.

[00:26:57]
On making states blue through grassroots fundraising and organizing.

[00:27:37]
Working at legislative levels vs. executive levels.

[00:28:15]
On creating an organizing strategy for 2022 among all states.

[00:29:58]
On Conan O’Brien’s comments on Newark and his response.

[00:33:10]
On HR1 and how it quietly passed.

[00:34:41]
His favorite moment of cynicism.

[00:36:52]
On working with Senator Chuck Grassley.

[00:39:29]
On not fighting fire with fire in his presidential campaign.

[00:40:28]
On uniting workers and people of different areas to see common cause.

[00:41:40]
On confronting and battling racism and other forms of hatred.

[00:43:07]
On being a president that “speaks to the problems.”

[00:43:58]
On the importance of a DOJ that investigates domestic threats.

[00:44:53]
On Democrats confronting Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu.

[00:47:41]
On the greatest national security threat.

[00:49:11]
On winning the battle against authoritarian governments.

[00:49:53]
On how history repeats its prejudices and demagogues.

[00:51:50]
On how urgent needs for diverse peoples are common, aligned, and equally important.

[00:53:30]
On being Mayor of Newark during the recession.

[00:55:45]
On bringing different people and leaders to the discussion tables, and how he did this in Newark.

[00:56:40]
On restorative justice, especially with the legalization of marijuana.

[00:57:03]
On the power of democracy and how it ignite voters and leaders.

[00:59:47]
On reframing this country, and taking responsibility for changing things.

On the existential threat of climate change

On income inequality and "baby bonds"

On overcoming cynicism and criminal justice reform

Timestamps

[00:01:02]
Experience in Newark shaping his views.

[00:04:26]
On how anger can be a powerful emotion in activism and politics.

[00:07:20]
On “working within the system” and working for your communities.

[00:10:30]
On the idea of separating voters by identity (urban vs. agricultural).

[00:12:20]
On why he’s running for office.

[00:12:40]
On the housing discrimination his parents faced because of their race.

[00:15:59]
On baby bonds and wealth inequality.

[00:20:04]
On the Republican party and the erosion of the Senate.

[00:22:50]
On fighting for civic grace, courageous empathy, and common cause.

[00:24:54] On changes in the Senate.

[00:25:24] On calling out the media and holding outlets accountable.

[00:26:57]
On making states blue through grassroots fundraising and organizing.

[00:27:37]
On the importance of changing legislature and working at legislative levels vs. executive levels.

[00:28:15]
On creating an organizing strategy for 2022 among all states.

[00:29:58]
On Conan O’Brien’s comments on Newark and his response.

[00:33:10]
On HR1 and how it quietly passed.

[00:34:41]
On his favorite cynical moment.

[00:36:52]
On working with Senator Chuck Grassley.

[00:39:29]
On not fighting fire with fire in his presidential campaign.

[00:40:28]
On uniting workers and people of different areas to see common cause.

[00:41:40]
On confronting and battling racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and other forms of hatred.

[00:43:07]
On being a president that “speaks to the problems.”

[00:43:58]
On the importance of a DOJ that investigates domestic threats.

[00:44:53]
On Democrats confronting Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu.

[00:47:41]
On the greatest national security threat.

[00:49:11]
On winning the battle against authoritarian governments.

[00:49:53]
On how history repeats its prejudices and demagogues.

[00:51:50]
On how urgent needs for diverse peoples are common, aligned, and equally important.

[00:53:30]
On being Mayor of Newark during the recession.

[00:55:45]
On bringing different people and leaders to the discussion tables, and how he did this in Newark.

[00:56:40]
On restorative justice, especially with the legalization of marijuana.

[00:57:03]
On the power of democracy and how it ignite voters and leaders.

[00:59:47]
On reframing this country, and taking responsibility for changing things.

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