Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerPolice reform talks hit familiar stumbling block Almost 20 advocacy groups team up to pressure Congress to pass health care bill for immigrants Biden adds pressure to congressional talks with self-imposed deadlines MORE (D-N.J.) jokingly "outed" Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzYang: Those who thought tweet in support of Israel was 'overly simplistic' are correct CNN asks Carol Baskin to comment on loose Texas tiger Republicans have dumped Reagan for Trump MORE (R-Texas) as a "closet vegan" during a Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Thursday.

"Mr. Chairman, let me apologize upfront for this metaphor I am about to use. I know it will insult the two vegans on the committee — me and Sen. Cruz," Booker said during Judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettCourt watchers buzz about Breyer's possible retirement Five hot-button issues Biden didn't mention in his address to Congress Conservative justices split in ruling for immigrant fighting deportation MORE's Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

Booker's comment sent the Judiciary Committee floor into laughter, with Cruz interjecting, "Point of personal privilege!"


"That may be one step below the Houston Astros thing," said Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump critics push new direction for GOP Graham warns about trying to 'drive' Trump from GOP: 'Half the people will leave' Cheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP MORE (R-S.C.), referring to a playful joust that erupted in the committee on Wednesday after Sen. Ben SasseBen SasseOvernight Energy: 5 takeaways from the Colonial Pipeline attack | Colonial aims to 'substantially' restore pipeline operations by end of week | Three questions about Biden's conservation goals Hillicon Valley: Colonial Pipeline attack underscores US energy's vulnerabilities | Biden leading 'whole-of-government' response to hack | Attorneys general urge Facebook to scrap Instagram for kids Utah county GOP censures Romney over Trump impeachment vote MORE (R-Neb.) called the MLB team "miserable cheaters."

"I just want the people of Texas to know the truth — he is a closet vegan," Booker said in jest.

On Twitter, Cruz jokingly decried Booker's comment about his diet as a "brutal & scurrilous attack on this Cuban Texan carnivore."



Booker also echoed earlier comments from Graham, saying the hearing over Barrett's nomination was conducted with "decorum and professionalism."

The panel is set to vote on Barrett's nomination next week, with a full Senate vote expected before the end of the month.

"We have the votes," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden says Beau's assessment of first 100 days would be 'Be who you are' McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal McConnell: 'Good chance' of deal with Biden on infrastructure MORE (R-Ky.) told reporters in Kentucky.