NJ Politics Digest: Murphy Just Cleared the Way For a Booker Presidential Run

Sen. Cory Booker delivers remarks on the first day of the Democratic National Convention, July 25, 2016

Sen. Cory Booker delivers remarks on the first day of the Democratic National Convention, July 25, 2016 Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images

Cory Booker’s presidential ambitions just got an assist from Gov. Phil Murphy and the Democratic legislature.

On Thursday, Murphy signed a bill that will allow Booker to run for both his U.S. Senate seat and president (or vice president) at the same time.

The law makes it clear that state prohibitions on seeking more than one elective office at a time don’t apply to someone running for Congress and the nation’s two highest offices. While the law applies to anyone in that situation, it is named “Cory Booker’s Law.”

Though Booker has not announced his intention to seek the presidency, he has seemed to be busy laying the groundwork for what appears to be a 2020 bid, including spending time in states like New Hampshire and Iowa and becoming one of the leading Democratic voices against President Donald Trump.

NJ.com reports that Booker has already raised $7.7 million for his 2020 re-election effort, more than any other incumbent up for re-election that year.

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