NJ Politics Digest: State Congressional Democrats Unite Behind Booker

Sen. Cory Booker.

Sen. Cory Booker. Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images

It’s hard to get a consensus among Democrats in the State House these days. But luckily, for U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, the lack of amity isn’t present among the state’s Democratic contingent in Washington, D.C.

As the New Jersey Globe reports, the state’s junior U.S. senator has the unanimous support of the state’s congressional delegation as he seeks the party’s nomination as its presidential candidate.

In the crowded Democratic field, only two other candidates can boast the same kind of support—and they come from much smaller states. Former Vice President Joe Biden has the support of the three Democrats in the Delaware delegation while Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders received the endorsement of Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy and Rep. Peter Welch, the Globe reports.

There are 23 major candidates currently seeking the party’s nomination. California Sen. Kamala Harris has been endorsed by five of California’s 46 Democratic House members, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren has received the support of fellow Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey and three of the state’s nine House members.

Booker is, however, lacking the endorsement of one of New Jersey’s members of congress: Rep. Chris Smith, the state’s sole remaining Republican in Washington following November’s blue wave election, has, perhaps unsurprisingly, not endorsed him.

Quote of the Day: “I don’t view it as poking the bear,” — Gov. Phil Murphy, on running ads paid for by a dark money group promoting his plan for a millionaires’ tax—a proposal opposed by the top legislators in his own party.

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