July 24, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - It looked like a Democratic dream. On a stage early this year sat Cory Booker, a young black senator, with Julian Castro, a young Latino cabinet secretary, bouncing lines off each other as they spoke to a diverse, hip crowd in a downtown Washington synagogue. The February event, part of Booker's book tour, was filled with standing ovations for two charismatic Democrats at ease in front of crowds. For their increasingly cosmopolitan party, the event seemed like a hopeful glimpse of the future - though it stood in sharp contrast with the presidential primary then in full swing that was largely devoid of fresh, diverse voices.
June 27, 2016 |
CLEVELAND - Expectations are soaring. Cory Booker arrives here a day after helping lead a 15-hour Senate filibuster demanding votes on gun laws, and amid chatter about his chances to become Hillary Clinton's running mate. The lunch crowd of roughly 300 Democrats sipping iced tea in a Westin ballroom buzz about the Senate blockade and one of their party's rising stars. Far from New Jersey, many here are already familiar with Booker, a testament to his political celebrity, talent for grabbing attention and broad personal appeal.
April 2, 2016 |
WAUKESHA, Wis. - Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) took out his iPhone and turned two dozen Hillary Clinton field volunteers, cheering and arguing about how to pronounce the name of their county, into a "snap," a slice of life on Snapchat. They would be famous for 10 seconds, the lifetime of a post on the social-media platform. But in a real way, Booker told the workers Thursday, they were part of something much more enduring. They were not merely mobilizing to make phone calls and knock on doors for Clinton in one of Wisconsin's most Republican counties.
March 4, 2016
Our third annual Best Vegan Cheesesteak in Philly contes t launched Tuesday, the same day Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.), a vegan, came to town to promote his new book, United. Coincidence? Probably. But if you've read the book (and if not, do!), you get his point that everything, and everyone, is connected; the subtitle is Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good . So during my chat with Booker just before he stepped onstage at the Free Library Tuesday night, you bet the subject of vegan cheesesteaks came up. The contest, after all, provides common ground for all kinds of venues to share plant-based offerings.
March 2, 2016 |
Sen. Cory A. Booker (D., N.J.) was spending a busy but fairly routine (politically speaking) Valentine's Day weekend in Las Vegas and Reno, campaigning for Hillary Clinton. Then, on the Saturday, all hell broke loose. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died, and the New York Times almost instantly put out a short list for potential nominations for his replacement. Booker - Yale Law grad, Rhodes scholar, former Newark mayor - was on it. The junior senator's schedule was already filled with press interviews promoting his new book, United . (He appears at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Free Library.)
January 25, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - Here is how Philadelphia-area members of Congress voted on major issues last week. (The House was in recess.): Senate Screening refugees. Voting 55-43 against, the Senate on Wednesday failed to reach 60 votes for advancing a bill (HR 4038) to impose additional security screening on refugee applicants from Iraq and Syria. The bill would require the homeland security secretary, FBI director, and director of national intelligence to clear each applicant from the two countries before they entry to the U.S. could be permitted.
January 21, 2016 |
It took some nerve for Michael Nutter to ask his successor as mayor, Jim Kenney, to let a political appointee linger into the new administration - and not just because the aide in question once compared Kenney to Archie Bunker. In the waning weeks of his mayoralty, as The Inquirer's Julia Terruso reported last week, Nutter asked Kenney to allow Desiree Peterkin-Bell to soak up the additional month of her $150,000 annual salary needed to reach five years of city employment and thereby qualify for a pension.
January 17, 2016 |
IN THE WEEKS before Mayor Michael Nutter left office, he asked his successor, Jim Kenney, for a favor: Keep Nutter's director of communications on the payroll so she could collect her pension. It was a conversation between two men who have not gotten along in recent years, and a relatively big ask, since the person in question - Desiree Peterkin-Bell - had publicly feuded with Kenney on Twitter. "We talked in my office after the general election," Nutter said Thursday. "We came to an agreement.
November 17, 2015 |
In apparent desperation after winding up at the kids' table in the last Republican presidential debate, Gov. Christie doubled down on his campaign to shamelessly pander to the radical right by adding to New Jersey voters' frustration. In a rare visit to Trenton, Christie vetoed a bill that would expand early voting and allow online and automatic registration, saying it would upend the current early-voting system and cost the state $25 million. Maybe his presidential campaign's troubles inspired Christie to kick up his misleading rhetoric.
August 20, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - As New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez announced his firm (but unsurprising) opposition Tuesday to President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, the votes of three other local Democrats hung in the balance, and with them critical tallies that could help determine whether the accord survives congressional objections. Sens. Robert P. Casey of Pennsylvania, Cory Booker of New Jersey, and Chris Coons of Delaware all remain undecided on the pact as Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and other top officials try to persuade Democrats to stand with the president, and opponents, including Israeli leaders and some influential Jewish American groups, urge them to oppose what they describe as a dangerous agreement.