Booker calls NYC 'Newark's suburb' in email fundraising off de Blasio
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Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe generational divide of Joe Biden and the Democratic Party Booker, O'Rourke, Buttigieg rally with striking McDonald's workers in South Carolina Booker, O'Rourke, Buttigieg rally with striking McDonald's workers in South Carolina MORE (D-N.J.) fundraised off New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioDemocratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate MORE’s (D) entry into the crowded Democratic presidential field on Thursday, quipping that New York was “Newark’s suburb.”

“You may have heard of Newark’s suburb, New York City,” Booker said in an email to supporters, referencing the New Jersey city where he used to serve as mayor. Booker noted that de Blasio's entry into the race means that two dozen Democrats are now running.

Booker used the fundraising email to invoke the size of the primary field and the limited number of slots on the debate stage, a frequent theme of his fundraising pitches. The New Jersey senator has signaled that he has met the threshold to appear in the debates.


To qualify for primary debates, candidates must reach 1 percent in at least three national or primary state polls or have at 65,000 unique donors with at least 200 donors in no fewer than 20 states. If more than 20 candidates qualify, reaching both thresholds will serve as a tiebreaker.

"With such a crowded field, the [Democratic National Committee] will have no choice but to get more aggressive in defining who qualifies for the debate stage," Booker wrote in the fundraising pitch. "That means it’s no longer just about guaranteeing a spot for that first debate, but for future debates as well."

De Blasio’s entry has largely been met with mockery from the right since he announced Thursday, with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump defends Stephanopolous interview Trump defends Stephanopolous interview Buttigieg on offers of foreign intel: 'Just call the FBI' MORE calling the liberal two-term mayor a “JOKE” and the right-leaning New York Post mocking him on its Thursday cover.