NJ Politics Digest: Booker Kicks Off Presidential Campaign in Newark

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 13: Senator Cory Booker launches in 2020 Presidential campaign with a speech and a rally on April 13 in downtown Newark, New Jersey.

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – APRIL 13: Senator Cory Booker launches his 2020 Presidential campaign with a speech and a rally on April 13 in downtown Newark, New Jersey. Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images

Sen. Cory Booker has already announced he’s running for president. On Saturday, he officially kicked off his campaign.

As NJ.com reports, Booker held a rally in Newark, the city where he was once mayor, to focus on his “Justice for All” message.

Booker faces an uphill climb in a crowded Democratic field. While his campaign has already raised $5 million through the end of March, that’s less than a third of the $18 million raised by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and less than half of the $12 million raised by California Sen. Kamala Harris, NJ.com said.

During the kickoff, Booker touched on some of his campaign promises, including a $1,000 grant to every child that can be used for education or housing when the child turns 18, according to the report.
And in a polarized nation, Booker promised to take the high road, not trying to divide people but instead searching for common ground.

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NJ Politics Digest: Booker Kicks Off Presidential Campaign in Newark