Democratic New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is now permitted to run concurrently for president and Congress for the election year of 2020, after the governor of his state recently helped pass a law.
Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday signed a bill — unofficially dubbed “Cory’s Law” — that would clarify that a U.S. senator or member of the U.S. House from New Jersey can appear on the primary and general election ballots for those offices as well as for the presidency.
Booker, a Democrat and New Jersey’s junior senator, is widely expected to run for president in 2020, the same year he’s up for reelection for a second full six-year term in the Senate. In recent weeks, he’s visited Iowa and New Hampshire — which have the first presidential nominating contests in the nation — ostensibly to help out other candidates.
Booker, however, has acknowledged that he’s considering running for president.
Even if Booker doesn’t get his party’s party nomination, the bill would still allow him to run for vice president and Senate at the same time should the Democratic nominee choose Booker as a running mate.
Although the bill does not mention Booker by name, it’s clearly geared toward him. Its sponsors said state law probably permits Booker to run for both offices, anyway, but the new law is meant to ensure that nobody can successfully challenge a dual candidacy in court.
“I think it was clear, but this was just to stop any lawsuits to slow him down,” Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester), a sponsor of the bill, said shortly after the Legislature sent it to Murphy on Monday. “Realize, also, we don’t have a primary [filing deadline] until April. And normally we have a pretty good idea of who the candidate’s going to be by then.”
The bill Murphy signed, NJ A4674 (18R), consists of just one paragraph, stating that “no provision of [New Jersey’s election law], or of any other law, rule, or regulation shall be interpreted as to prevent a person from accepting a nomination by petition” to run for president or vice president and House or Senate at the same time.
Republican state Chairman Doug Steinhardt called Democrats hypocritical for rushing through the law, since some Democrats — including state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) — in 2015 introduced legislation that would have forced then-Gov. Chris Christie to resign if he ran for president. (The bill never advanced, and Christie ran unsuccessfully for president.)
Steinhardt said Democrats showed “the depths of their duplicity.”
Just before voting against the bill, state Sen. Gerald Cardinale said Booker should just make a decision about which office he wants to run for.
“Spartacus had the courage to make decisions,” Cardinale (R-Bergen) said, referring to Booker’s famous “Spartacus moment” during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing. “He ain’t no Spartacus.”
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