Cory Booker

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I’m a big believer that if America, if this country hasn’t broken your heart, then you don’t love her enough. Because there’s things that are savagely wrong in this country.[1]

Cory Anthony Booker (born April 27, 1969) is an American politician currently serving as the junior United States Senator from New Jersey, in office since 2013. The first African-American U.S. Senator from New Jersey, he was previously the 36th Mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013. Before that Booker served on the Newark City Council for the Central Ward from 1998 to 2002.




  • The reality is we have to make sure that we have a military that’s prepared, but right now, we have more military spending than the next 10, 11, 12 countries combined, and we’ve got to start realizing that we can secure and protect ourselves, but also be responsible in the way that we do that," Booker said. And it’s not unpatriotic to say that we’re spending too much money. In fact, to me, that’s the patriotic thing to say.
  • We are brick city. We are like bricks themselves. We are strong. We are resilient. We are enduring.


Most people think that these high-density poor neighborhoods, predominately people of color, just came about through some accident of history, but they were the conscious creation [of institutional racism].
  • Immediately I knew that was problematic [being paired on a television show with John Lewis]. Because the show starts with our bios, and it starts with, ‘John Lewis, hero of the civil rights movement stood on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. … He literally bled the southern soil red. And then it goes to me. ‘Cory Booker, riding his Big Wheel in affluent suburbia, falls off and skins his knee: He bled the New Jersey soil red.’ And so you are very aware if you were born after the civil rights movement, if you were born in my generation, that you stand on the shoulders of giants.
  • We prove worthy of the privileges that we have not by paying anything back, but by paying it forward.
  • I want to try to live my own values as consciously and purposefully as I can. Being vegan for me is a cleaner way of not participating in practices that don’t align with my values. … As soon as I said publicly that I was trying this experiment, so many vegans out there, hundreds and hundreds of people, have been reaching out to me with incredible support and encouragement as well as practical tips of how to do this without having to sacrifice that much in terms of the food and what I like. I've discovered some really delicious things—recipes, stores, and restaurants—that have made this transition far easier. … There's too much judgment out there. Really what we need to be doing is just all of us finding our own paths towards living the best lives we can live as clearly and boldly in accordance with our own personal values.



There is great dignity in work – and in America, if you want to provide for your family, you should be able to find a full-time job that pays a fair wage.
  • When ignorance and bigotry is allied with power, it is a dangerous force.[2][3]
  • We say an oath that we are a nation of liberty and justice for all, but that’s just words. It’s a civic faith, but I’m one of these people that says before you, "tell me about your religion, first show it to me in how you treat other people." Well, how are we living our civic gospel? How are we living our civic gospel that demands for us to reject the normalcy of injustice, the normalcy of apathy, the normalcy of indifference, and rise to the higher ground of activism, of engagement, of love?
  • I’m a big believer that if America, if this country hasn’t broken your heart, then you don’t love her enough. Because there’s things that are savagely wrong in this country.
  • I’m not here to tell folk just what they should know, I’m here to call on folk to understand that in a moral moment, there is no neutral. In a moral moment, there is no bystanders. You are either complicit in evil, you are either contributing to wrong, or you are fighting against it.
  • There is great dignity in work – and in America, if you want to provide for your family, you should be able to find a full-time job that pays a fair wage. The federal jobs guarantee is an idea that demands to be taken seriously. Creating an employment guarantee would give all Americans a shot at a day’s work and, by introducing competition into the labor market, raise wages and improve benefits for all workers.


  • The vicious attack on actor Jussie Smollett was an attempted modern-day lynching. I'm glad he's safe. To those in Congress who don't feel the urgency to pass our Anti-Lynching bill designating lynching as a federal hate crime– I urge you to pay attention.
  • You encouraging me means more to me than you can imagine (After Jimmy Carter hoped Booker run for president).[4][5]
  • The "power of the people" is greater than the "people in power" ... Change does not come from Washington, it comes to Washington.[6]
  • We are a part of this take-down culture where people are trying to twist your words.[7]
  • Sometimes you go in the pit before you go to the palace, right? You know? And that was the story of Saint Joseph ... Martin Luther King was slain, they wrote the words from Joseph's brothers when they threw Joseph in the well ... "Behold, here cometh the dreamer. Let us slay him, and see what becomes of his dream". Now, King has fallen but his dream has not died, and we are the keepers of the dream. And so, do not give up hope, do not give up faith, alright?[8]
  • Working Americans would tell you that the dignity of work is being stripped ... they are working harder than their parents and falling further behind ... while their salaries may moderately have gone up, what has gone up more is the cost of prescription drugs ... child care ... college ...[9]
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  • You are dipping into the Kool-aid and you do not even know the flavor (After Joe Biden criticized Booker's anit-crime work as Newark mayor).
  • We cannot let these conversations devolve into the impotent simplicity of "Who is or is not a racist?" Because, if the answer to the question "Do racism and white supremacy exist?" is "yes", then the real question is not "Who is or is not a racist?", but "Who is or is not doing something about it?"[12]
  • ... marijuana in our country is already legal for privileged people ... the war on drugs has been a war on black and brown people.


  • I don’t think most Americans realize that the way we raise animals is such a betrayal of the heritage of our grandparents. I don’t think they realize that … these big companies like Smithfield and Cargill and others have our American farmers now living like sharecroppers in constant debt, forced to follow their rules. I’ve watched the suffering in North Carolina of minority communities who live around Cafos and can no longer breathe their air … and I’ve seen workers in the meatpacking plants and how dangerous those plants are. Everybody is losing in this system – except for the massive corporations that have taken over the American food system.


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  1. Athey, Amber. Things Are ‘Savagely Wrong’ In America. Daily Caller. 2018-8-3
  2. Cory Booker blasts Republicans for amnesia over Trump's 'shithole' remark. Associated Press (2018-01-17). Retrieved on 2019-03-11.
  3. Booker to Nielsen: Your Silence is Complicity. Associated Press Archive (2018-01-21). Retrieved on 2019-03-11.
  4. Jimmy Carter tells Booker: 'I hope you run for president'. thehill (2019-01-20). Retrieved on 2019-03-11.
  5. Starostinetskaya, Anna (2019-01-21). Jimmy Carter Backs Vegan Senator Cory Booker for President in 2020. vegnews. Retrieved on 2019-03-11.
  6. Cory Booker Discusses Family Separations at U.S. Mexico Border Wall ... 3:00. The View (1 February 2019). Retrieved on 12 February 2019.
  8. Booker, Cory (2019-02-15). "In South Carolina last weekend I was reminded that even in our darkest moments of despair, we can never give up hope. We can never give up faith". Twitter. 
  9. Cory Booker Tests Message Of Collaboration And Economic Equality In First Visit To New Hampshire. WGBH News. Retrieved on 2019-03-15.
  10. Geoff Earle. Cory Booker mocks Joe Biden during angry clash over criminal justice as former VP accuses ex-mayor running RACIST police department. Daily Mail. 2019-08-01
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  12. Senator Cory Booker Speaks on Gun Violence and White Nationalism at Emanuel AME Church16:50. YouTube (2019-08-07).
  13. Nick Corasaniti, Cory Booker Jokes Biden ‘Might Have Been High’ When He Made Marijuana Comments. The New York Times. 2019-11-20
  14. Senator Cory Booker Refuses to Hate Donald Trump ... 6:30. (2018-05-04).
  15. CNN, Eugene Scott. Cory Booker responds to Trump speech tweets. CNN. Retrieved on February 20, 2019.
  16. Booker Responds to Trump: 'I Love You, Donald'. NBC4 Washington. Retrieved on 20 February 2019.
  17. Axelrod, Tal. Yang gives shout out to Booker. The Hill. 2019-12-19