GARFIELD – As the tides keep shifting in the 2016 presidential race among the packed Republican presidential field, U.S. Senator Cory Booker is watching just as closely as the rest of us.
“It is going to be fascinating to watch,” Booker told PolitickerNJ of the upcoming presidential race where NJ Governor Chris Christie has been promoted back to the main debate stage. “2016 is going to be one of the more interesting years of national politics that I have ever witnessed.”
On Saturday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz surged to the number one spot in Iowa, ousting long-time frontrunner Donald Trump. According to Booker, however, the turbulent nature of the race this year means little in terms of that bump.
“As far as the presidential politics on the Republican side, I have been wrong on everything I have predicted in this election cycle so I really have no idea about that side of the political aisle,” Booker said. “It has just been interesting to watch. Lots of candidates are rising and falling and rising and falling so I am just on the edge of my seat waiting to see what is going to happen.”
According to Booker, the politics of this election has the field still up in the air. He also said that he feels Governor Christie “has as good of a shot as any candidate” up to this point despite lagging poll numbers.
“We have seen here in New Jersey that he has tremendous political skill,” Booker said of Christie. “He is a Republican that was elected twice in this state, which is no easy feat.”
Booker worked with Cruz and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (another GOP hopeful) earlier this year to introduce legislation that would allow some nonviolent offenders to erase criminal records, therefore making them eligible for more jobs and reducing the strain on government budgets and the prison system. As two of the most powerful elected officials in New Jersey, Booker has also worked closely with Governor Christie.