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Cory Booker
Senator Cory Booker is connected to the people he serves and the challenges they face every day. Since winning election to the United States Senate in October 2013, Cory has been innovative, persistent and put partisanship aside, working to create new jobs, improve economic opportunity for all New Jerseyans, speed the pace of Hurricane Sandy recovery and address the economic squeeze facing middle class families. Under his leadership as mayor, New Jersey’s largest city, Newark, not only entered its biggest period of economic growth since the 1960s, but it also saw a decline in crime and increases in affordable housing, green spaces and parks, educational opportunities and more efficient city services. Born in Washington, D.C., Cory was raised in Harrington Park in Bergen County, New Jersey. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Stanford University, where he also played for the football team. Cory ran a crisis hotline for students and worked with disadvantaged youth in East Palo Alto. He then attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar where he ran a student tutoring and mentoring program in a disadvantaged community. Cory earned his law degree from Yale Law School, where he helped lead free legal clinics for New Haven residents.

Entries by Cory Booker

Hard-Working Americans Who Play By The Rules Deserve Retirement Security

(241) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 8:17 PM

Doctors have a sworn obligation to put the best interests of their patients' above all other interests, including their own. Lawyers have a professional responsibility to protect the best interests of their clients above any other interests, including their own. But, remarkably, financial advisers are allowed to recommend products to...

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The Unnecessarily High Cost of Inmate Calling Charges Is an Injustice

(104) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 11:30 AM

There are approximately 2.3 million Americans currently serving time in our country's prisons and jails. In order to stay connected, the majority of those incarcerated -- and their families, friends and legal representatives -- often have no choice but to pay exorbitant per-minute rates, connection fees, and service fees to...

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Our Criminal-Legal System: Justice Doesn't Have to Be Missing from Equation

(113) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 1:13 PM

The facts about the criminal-legal system in America are sobering: The United States accounts for only 5 percent of the globe's population, but for 25 percent of the world's prison population.

We lead the world not in science and math education, college graduation or childhood health -- but in...

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Creating Pathways to Success for Women Entrepreneurs

(3) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 1:42 PM

Small businesses are playing a vital role in our emergence from one of the worst recessions in our nation's history. In fact, America's 23 million small businesses are responsible for 54 percent of all U.S. sales. There are a number of factors contributing to this phenomenon -- our long tradition...

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It's Time to Emphasize Pragmatic and Achievable Gun Law Reform

(1373) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 12:15 PM

If today is a typical day in America, 34 people -- men, women, and children -- will be killed with a gun. Countless more will be wounded. As the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, I don't enjoy the luxury of ideological debate -- whether guns in our society are "good"...

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Make It Count -- Electing America's Next President

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 1:24 PM

This morning on Morning Joe, I joined with Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock to debut a short-form documentary entitled Make It Count -- Electing America's Next President. The documentary is a behind-the-scenes look at the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention as seen through the Congressman's...

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Call for Youth Voice in Election 2012

(2) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 11:50 AM

With the presidential debates rapidly approaching, I am reminded of how critically important it is for America's young people to raise their voices about issues that matter to them, and to take action and vote. To this end, I am issuing a call for wires on #waywire, to help elevate...

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A Dream Anew

(247) Comments | Posted August 24, 2011 | 9:11 AM

Last week, I was in Atlanta for a day. I went directly from the airport to meet Congressman John Lewis at the King Center, where he and I were to be filmed for a program that Henry Lewis Gates is putting together about our ancestry. As I juggled cell phones...

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Community Engagement And PENewark

(26) Comments | Posted June 23, 2011 | 9:54 AM

This week, I was surprised and disappointed to read a story filed by a leading news organization that mischaracterized the community engagement and response to the Partnership for Education in Newark (PENewark). In an effort to provide full transparency for the PENewark progress, what follows is a community...

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My Birthday Wish to End Animal Cruelty

(227) Comments | Posted April 6, 2011 | 8:51 AM

Recently a heinous incident of animal cruelty took place in our city and shocked the world. On March 16th, the day before St. Patrick's Day, a 1-year-old pit bull was found inside a trash bag, starved and near death after having been thrown down a trash chute....

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(301) Comments | Posted January 4, 2011 | 7:47 AM

2010 was a challenging year. Our city, like so many others, faced extraordinary obstacles brought about by the worst economy in decades. Fiscal hardship unrivaled since the early 1970s forced painful decisions. Further, after four years of double digit percentage drops in shootings in Newark, shootings rose compared to 2009....

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A Historic Opportunity

(343) Comments | Posted September 25, 2010 | 12:32 AM

The public school system in Newark -- the largest in New Jersey -- is no different from most urban school districts across the country. Challenged by such issues as uneven student achievement, cuts in funding and growing mandates, our schools have failed to deliver on the promise of providing a...

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Breaking the Cycle of Re-Arrest and Re-Imprisonment

(57) Comments | Posted January 3, 2010 | 1:23 PM

Cross-posted with the New Jersey Star Ledger.

Amidst the partisan rancor focusedon by our national media, New Jersey has an opportunity to demonstrate substantive and even transformational bipartisanship.

Newark, New Jersey, leads the nation in reducing gun violence with a 46 percent decrease...

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A Great American Servant

(12) Comments | Posted May 15, 2009 | 2:34 PM

There is too much disagreement for disagreement's sake.

In a time of persistent challenges that still call into question our most sacred aspirations as a country, we cannot afford shallow callous divisiveness in our public debate. We become distracted from productive labors by our perceived opponents; we become focused...

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A Hard Look at Education

(234) Comments | Posted May 10, 2009 | 6:27 PM

This week, I became a more active tweeter (@CoryBooker)! I was encouraged by the dialogue that came from one of my tweets regarding education reform. There is no doubt that America faces severe educational challenges.

We are a nation that proclaims unalienable rights and "that among these are

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Barack Obama is Elected President -- Now What?

(150) Comments | Posted November 9, 2008 | 4:06 PM

I spent Sunday morning visiting black churches here in Newark and heard so many pastors, in poignant praise, illuminate our nation's presidential choice in historical context. My own pastor spoke of years of struggle and tears, years of sacrifice and pain, years of faith amidst oceans of despair that WERE...

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A Time For Change: A New Narrative for America and her Cities

(20) Comments | Posted November 4, 2008 | 10:55 PM

My experiences in Newark have been clear. When American citizens pull together, there is little we can't accomplish. Today, millions of Americans united and chose change. This is a historic election for many reasons. Most importantly, the election of Barack Obama now offers a momentous opportunity for us to reclaim...

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A Great American Tradition: Community Organizing

(111) Comments | Posted September 10, 2008 | 11:46 AM

I learned about community organizing from my parents. As a child, their stories were so instructive. For example, in the summer of 1963, my mother was a teacher in Washington DC. She used her summer months to volunteer with the Urban League. That summer, as the Urban League was preparing...

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When Neither Crime Nor Punishment Pays

(125) Comments | Posted August 9, 2007 | 10:12 AM

In barbershops and boardrooms, in newspaper headlines and presidential debates, Americans are questioning the billions of dollars a month being spent on a failing war, and the current "surge" in Iraq.

But we, policy-makers at every level of government, should also be questioning the "domestic surge" at home in the...

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The Larger Picture in Newark

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2006 | 11:25 AM

March 22nd was a long day on the campaign trail, but I want to take a moment to write a special blog for the Huffington Post. After receiving encouragement from Arianna Huffington to participate, I decided to share some blogs from my web site. However, I realize that in doing...

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