U.S. Senator Cory Booker

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Former Newark Mayor Cory Booker declared victory  Tuesday night in one of the first races called out of New Jersey. 

Booker easily defeated Rik Mehta, a business executive with a law degree and a doctorate in pharmacy, who staunchly supported President Donald Trump. 


 Booker, who won a special election in 2013 after the death of Democrat Frank Lautenberg before winning his first full term in 2014, delivered brief remarks from his home in Newark during a virtual celebration held by the New Jersey State Democratic Committee.  

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New Jersey U.S. Senator and former Newark Mayor Cory Booker says during the coronavirus outbreak he's been hunkered down in his Newark home except for the times he's joined Governor Phil Murphy at various events.  

Senator Booker Bill Addresses COVID-19 ICE Detainees

Apr 13, 2020
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New Jersey has the most COVID-19 cases of any state among ICE detainees … 16 of the 72 cases in the U.S.

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and WashingtonCongresswoman Pramila Jayapal are introducing a bill aimed at stopping the spread of the virus in detention centers.

There are also three confirmed cases among workers at detention centers in New Jersey … workers who will leave the facility and take the infection with them.

Toys R Us Employees Protest For Severance Pay

Jun 1, 2018
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Toys R Us employees are getting ready to move on from their jobs, all stores are expected to close by June 30th. 33-year employee Cheryl Claude of South River, New Jersey has never worked anywhere else.

“I spent every holiday, leaving my kids home for the holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays, everything to be at work and give my one-hundred percent to get nothing is incredible.”

Other Toys R Us workers like Shkeanah Best are left with concerns.

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The Student’s 2 Science Technology Center is outfitted with commercial grade STEM research instrumentation.  S2S President Paul Winslow hopes they’ll serve every age appropriate student in Newark schools.

“We will service every student in the district through the Virtual Laboratory Program from the 5th grade though the 12th grade,” said Winslow.  “With as many as eight to ten sessions per year.  Every two to three weeks, kids will be doing a hands-on experiment under out direction through the Virtual Laboratory Program.”

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St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson implemented a program in 2016 that researches and uses certain pain management methods, as an alternative to prescription opioids. 

“At a time where we have a national crisis, at a time where we have models some of which are here in New Jersey that we know work.  We should be funding those models and expanding those lessons learned,” New Jersey US Senator Cory Booker said. He’s calling for federal funding to create alternative pain management programs in hospital emergency departments nationwide.

Murphy, Booker, Menendez Outline NJ Priorities

Dec 11, 2017
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Governor-elect Phil Murphy says the Gateway Tunnel project is one of his administration’s top priorities, and it will take co-operation between state and federal government to get it done.

“It’s a game changer for New Jersey.  It’s a game changer for New York.  We want to unlock those keys and get that up, funded, and running.”

US Senator Bob Menendez rues what he calls a lost opportunity to build a new Hudson River rail tunnel under current Republican Governor Chris Christie.