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Cory Booker

Quick Facts Of Cory Booker

Celebrated Name Cory Booker
Age 49 years old
Nick Name
Birth Name
Birth Date 1969-04-27
Gender Male
Profession Politician

Cory Anthony Booker, popularly known as Cory Booker is the first African-American politician serving as the junior United States Senator from New Jersey since 2013. Previously Booker served on the Newark City Council for the Central Ward from 1998 to 2002. And from 2006 to 2013, Booker was the 36th Mayor of Newark.

Gossips and Rumors

Cory Booker, on Thursday, released 20 confidential emails that had been sent by Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh during his times as White House counsel for President George W. Bush. Kavanaugh is a President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court. His confirmation hearings has been running on Senate. But Booker's incident created a chaos to Senate Democrats. Democrats claimed Booker knowingly violated Senate rules to create a political stunt. Will Booker pay a price for releasing Kavanaugh documents ?? might be a turning point of his political career.

Cory Booker's Early Life

Booker was born to an African father Cary Booker and an African mother Carolyn Booker on April 27, 1969, in Washington D.C., United States. He grew up in Harrington Park, New Jersey which is 20 miles north of Newark, New Jersey. Booker completed his Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1991 and Master of Arts in sociology in 1992. Booker received Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford and received honours degree in United States history in 1994. And in 1997, he earned his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School. Later, he practised law giving free legal clinics for low-income residents of New Haven, Connecticut. Booker was also active in the National Black Law Students Association.

Cory Booker's Career

Newark Municipal Council

Booker defeated four-term incumbent George Branch and won a seat on the Municipal Council of Newark. He even went on a 10-day hunger strike to draw attention to the problems of open-air drug dealing and violence associated with the drugs. But he was outvoted by all of his fellow councillors when he proposed council initiatives that impacted housing, young people, law and order, and the efficiency and transparency of the city hall.

Mayor of Newark

Booker failed at his first Mayoral campaign for the Mayor of Newark in 2002. He lost against Sharpe James on May 14, 2002. James had easily won election four consecutive times and did it again for the 5th time. In 2006 mayoral election, Booker easily won against the Deputy Mayor Ronald Rice on May 9, 2006. Booker Team swept the council elections and got the leadership of the city government. Booker defended his seat in 2010 election defeating former judge and Essex County prosecutor Clifford J. Minor and two other minor candidates.
For all his efforts to reduce unemployment and to create, healthy, developed and crime free Newark during his tenure, Booker's mayoralty and personal celebrity drew much-needed media attention to Newark.

U.S Senate

After serving his mayoral duties at Newark for three consecutive tenures, Booker interest grew to run for U.S. Senate. Booker won the general election on October 16, 2013, defeating Republican Steve Lonegan. Booker became the first African-American U.S. Senator from New Jersey and the first African-American Senate since Barack Obama in 2004. Booker again defended his seat defeating conservative political consultant Jeff Bell in 2014 U.S. Senate election.

Political positions

Booker for his political stand has been described as liberal, a neoliberal and a moderate. Significance to foreign policy, Booker supports reducing the U.S military involvement in Afghanistan. Booker also stood against the intervention in Syria. Booker suggests any direct threats to America should be discussed on the table.

Domestic Policy

Booker opposes overturning abortion act, Roe v. Wade.
Booker tenure as a Mayor of Newark balanced the budget of Newark for the first time in a decade. He favoured smart investment with long-term deficit reduction efforts to ensure economic prosperity.
Booker claimed climate change is man-made and supports cap-and-trade or carbon tax approach in dealing with greenhouse gas emissions.
Booker advocates education reform and privatization of education and obtained a $100 million pledge from Facebook Inc. founder Mark Zuckerberg to Newark Public Schools.
Booker always defended the right of the law-abiding citizens right to own legal firearms. He blamed most of the shooting incidents happening around are from illegal guns from criminals.
Booker supports improvement in the healthcare of the citizens by expanding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act program.
Booker is soft on immigrants and supports the passage of the DREAM Act.
Booker strongly advocates same-sex marriage. With his effort, New Jersey formulated the law to allow same-sex marriage on October 21, 2013.
Booker supports an increase of the minimum wage to $15 an hour. He believed the increase in wages will help every citizen to raise their living standard to those living in poverty.

Foreign Policy

Booker raises voices to scale down US armed force in Afghanistan in order to make them responsible and operate in a safe manner.
Booker claimed Iran poses a threat to American and Israeli security. Thus, he supports all options that prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons.
Booker advocates for the state of Israel and supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Booker strongly opposed military intervention in Syria.

Cory Booker's Personal Life

Booker is a health conscious person. He exercises regularly. Booker advocated for animals Thus he turned vegetarian since 1992. Booker is a coffee drinker, not alcoholic. He mostly keeps his personal life secret. Booker is unmarried till the date. In 2013, Booker was even named one of Town & Country's Top 40 Bachelors.

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