https://corybooker.com/   

 

Biography 

Cory Booker is a Democratic junior Senator from New Jersey, serving on the Commerce, Environment, Foreign Relations, Small Business, and Judiciary committees. He is the ranking member of the subcommittees on Global Health and Surface Transportation. After completing his M.A. in Sociology, Booker received a Rhodes scholarship to study U.S. history at Oxford. After receiving his J.D., Booker promptly ran for a seat on the Municipal Council of Newark, New Jersey, where he served until 2002. In 2006, he was elected Mayor of Newark, and in 2013, Booker was elected to the U.S. Senate. He announced his bid on YouTube on the first day of Black History Month 2019 

On the Issues

AAI tracks the official and campaign-trail statements of each presidential candidate on the issues we care about most.

Scroll the issues to read what Cory Booker has said on the campaign trail. 

For our take on why these are the 12 issues that are critical for our community, read here.

DOMESTIC POLICY

Democracy Reforms

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Bigoted Speech

Hate Crime

NO BAN Act

Immigration

Surveillance

Criminal Justice Reform

FOREIGN POLICY

Iran Tensions

Israel Palestine

U.S. Role in the Arab World

Ongoing Conflicts


DOMESTIC POLICY


Democracy Reforms  

  • "For years, the right to vote for millions of Americans — disproportionately in communities of color —has been under assault... It is time for a new Voting Rights Act to finally put an end to systematic attempts to limit access to the ballot box and strip citizens of their constitutionally guaranteed right to vote..... During my presidency, we will fight to protect and expand every American's right to take part in our democracy." (4/17/19, The Hill)

 


 

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 

  • “It is absolutely unacceptable that you can live in a country where you can be denied work, employment, and public accommodations just because of who you are. It is repugnant to the ideas we hail. This Equality Act is directly going to address those issues. It is going to make sure that in the inclusive arc of this nation that we all can stand together, and some people won’t be left out without the cover of law. (3/27/19, HRC) 

 


  Securitization and Surveillance 

  • Booker is an original co-sponsor of the Algorithmic Accountability Act: "50 years ago my parents encountered a practice called 'real estate steering' where black couples were steered away from certain neighborhoods in New Jersey. With the help of local advocates and the backing of federal legislation they prevailed. However, the discrimination that my family faced in 1969 can be significantly harder to detect in 2019: houses that you never know are for sale, job opportunities that never present themselves, and financing that you never become aware of -- all due to biased algorithms.... This bill requires companies to regularly evaluate their tools for accuracy, fairness, bias, and discrimination. It's a key step toward ensuring more accountability from the entities using software to make decisions that can change lives." (4/10/2019, Senate Office Press Release

Hate Crime  

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Criminal Justice Reform 

  • "As president, I will act immediately... starting by initiating a clemency process for thousands of nonviolent drug offenders who have been handed unjust sentences by their government. Granting clemency won’t repair all the damage that has been done by the War on Drugs and our broken criminal justice system, but it will help our country confront this injustice and begin to heal.” (6/20/19, The Medium)

Bigoted Speech: Instances of Condemnation and/or Use 

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Immigration 

  • We need to have an immigration plan that has pathways to citizenship and doesn’t create broadscale fear.” (6/23/19, MSNBC) 
  • People in border communities know that none of our families made it to where we are on our own — not mine, not yours, and not President Trump’s. We all had a helping hand, support from strangers and friends. All of our ancestors experienced acts of grace, mercy, and forgiveness and countless small acts of kindness. Right now in the border crisis, there are agents of love and agents of fear. My hope is that we don’t let fear and the hate it yields divide us beyond repair. Despite the heartbreak I saw at the border, I will always have faith that in America, ultimately, love prevails.” (7/19/18, Vox) 
  • DREAMers are productive members of society who contribute positively to our communities and boost our economy. Shutting the door of American opportunity and sending them back to countries they barely know is cruel, unjust, and flies in the face of what our country stands for. (9/5/17, Booker.senate.gov) 

 

NO BAN Act 

Cory Booker is a co-sponsor of the No BAN Act, S1123.  


FOREIGN POLICY 


Israel/Palestine 

  • I think we have a problem right now in America with the way that we are debating issues surrounding Israel and Israel’s security. We have a president that seems to not support this idea of a two-state solution, which has had bipartisan commitment and conviction over decades in our past. My commitment right now is to affirming Israel’s right to exist, affirming Israel’s right to defend itself against enemies which they have virtually surrounding them, but also to affirm the dignity and self-determination of Palestinian people. I believe that we can get back to the kind of policies that affirm that two-state solution, affirm human rights, and that America can be a force to accomplishing that in Israel.” (6/20/19, The New York Times) 
  • I do not support BDS. To me, I think, there are elements in the BDS movement that want to destroy the state of Israel, that are engaged in things that will undermine Israel’s ability to survive, to exist, to protect itself. Israel is a democratic ally of ours in a region that is surrounded by nations, many of them who are doing things to suppress minorities, violate rights in a way that should be calling on all of us to say, ‘Look what you are doing to your minorities, to gays and lesbians, look what you are doing to women.’ But yet people seem to be focused on a state that is a democratic state, that has Muslims on its Supreme Court, Muslims in its legislature. And I support the right of Israel to exist and to defend itself. But I also support the rights of Palestinians — the human rights of the Palestinians… this administration is pulling back the resources necessary, pulling back a commitment to a two-state solution — because just as much as the Israelis have a right to self-determination, so do Palestinians. But I am sorry, this BDS movement is something that I do not support, and I think that we should do what we can to protect American companies, and other Americans, from being attacked in a way that undermines their ability to stand up for what they believe is right. That is where I stand.” (6/10/19, Mondoweiss) 

Iran Tensions 

  • We have to, as a nation, work in coordination with our allies to denuclearize Iran and to bring stability and peace back to that region because Iran is a serious threat.  I would rejoin with our allies. I would work to renegotiate and get us back into a place where we are standing together with our allies and have like we had before which was a 10 to 20-year runway and transparency and vision into their enrichment processes to make sure that they're abiding by an anti-nuclear deal.” (6/23/19, ABC News) 

  


 

U.S. Presence in the Arab World 

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Ongoing Conflicts  

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