A Law Was Created Just To Ensure Cory Booker Could Run For Congress And President At The Same Time
Booker has yet to announce his candidacy officially but has begun making appearances in key states.
Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) has made his interest in running for president clear. With a crowded presidential field shaping up for Democrats in 2020, the senator seemed as if he was going to have to choose whether to seek re-election to the Senate or to pursue his White House dreams thanks to a New Jersey law.
However, according to NJ.com, the 49-year-old senator will be able to run for both his Senate seat and the nation's top job thanks to a bill signed by Governor Phil Murphy (D). The bill has even been nicknamed the "Cory Booker Law."
New Jersey law prohibits a person from holding more than one state office at a time. Analysts believed this could impede Booker's potential White House run since if he does run in 2020, he will be seeking two offices simultaneously. The Cory Booker Law makes it clear a New Jersey citizen can run for Congress and the presidency at the same time.
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That means New Jersey voters may see Booker's name in both the presidential and U.S. Senate slots come 2020. Unless Booker decides not to run for president, Democratic primary voters certainly will.
As Bloomberg notes, Booker hasn't announced an official run for the Oval Office, but eyes are definitely on the U.S. senator.
Booker made a significant speech to the Democratic Party in Iowa, the home of the bellwether Iowa Caucus, a contest often seen as key to winning the White House. The senator has also made himself seen in New Hampshire, which is where the nation's first primary is held. He's also stopped by other early-primary states such as Nevada and South Carolina.
The new bill, of course, doesn't just apply to Booker. It is statewide, and any New Jersey politician can take advantage of the new rule.
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