Governor signs bill permitting dual candidacy.
Just come out and say you’re running in 2020, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).
It’s obvious now that New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill that will allow Spartacus to run for president and senator at the same time.
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.”
I mean, you could tell Booker planned to run for the presidency during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. He provided television with plenty of drama-filled antics, including the infamous Spartacus moment.
Need another hint? It looks like Booker has chosen to mend the ties to the anti-Israel movement. Jewish Insider wrote today that Booker told the publication he supports BDS:
“We’ve seen the alarming rise in anti-Semitism in the United States and across the world in recent years manifest itself in many deeply concerning ways, including in the actions of foreign governments targeting Israel and the Israeli people.”
“I have long and staunchly opposed the BDS movement, and support this bill which will prevent international entities from imposing their will on US businesses with regards to their decisions, consistent with US law, to conduct commerce with our close ally Israel and its citizens. Initial concerns that this bill unintentionally infringed on individuals’ First Amendment rights have now been addressed by changes agreed upon earlier this year, and I feel confident that those modifications safeguard Americans’ constitutional right to free speech. I’ll be adding myself as a cosponsor, and will be urging my colleagues to support this important legislation in its modified form.”
Booker ruffled the feathers of the BDS movement in August after a picture showed him holding an anti-Israel sign.
After the backlash, Booker claimed someone tricked him into holding the sign:
“Just before delivering a speech in New Orleans, Senator Booker was approached by dozens of people for photos. In one instance, amid the rush, he was posing for a photo and was passed a sign to hold — he didn’t have time to read the sign, and from his cursory glance he thought it was talking about Mexico and didn’t realize it had anything to do with Israel. He hopes for a day when there will be no need for security barriers in the State of Israel, but while active terrorist organizations threaten the safety of the people living in Israel, security barriers are unfortunate but necessary to protect human lives,” said Booker spokesperson Jeff Giertz.
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