Booker hires Gavin Newsom's 2018 campaign manager to run 2020 bid

Booker hires Gavin Newsom's 2018 campaign manager to run 2020 bid
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Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerPatrick backs reparations in unveiling 'Equity Agenda for Black Americans' Booker ahead of Trump impeachment trial: 'History has its eyes on us' Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial MORE (D-N.J.) has hired the campaign manager behind Gavin Newsom's successful 2018 bid for the California governor's mansion as the senator announces his bid for the White House.

Local news affiliate KTLA reports that Booker has hired Addisu Demissie, who previously worked as Newsom's 2018 campaign manager, to run his presidential campaign which officially launched Friday morning.

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Before joining Newsom's campaign, Demissie previously served as Booker's campaign manager in 2013, when Booker was first elected to the Senate.

"I could not be more lucky to have @just_jenna with me on this campaign. A true superstar talent (and just wait until you hear some of the others folks @CoryBooker's got on board!)," Demissie tweeted Friday, confirming his appointment.

Booker has also started staffing up in early primary states, KTLA reports, making several hires from House Democratic campaigns and one pickup from former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's (D) 2016 presidential campaign in Iowa.

The junior New Jersey senator announced his campaign Friday morning, coinciding with the beginning of Black History Month.

"The history of our nation is defined by collective action; by interwoven destinies of slaves and abolitionists; of those born here and those who chose America as home; of those who took up arms to defend our country, and those who linked arms to challenge and change it," he said in an announcement video.

Booker joins an already crowded field of 2020 Democratic primary contenders, including fellow Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).

The field is expected to grow to as many as 30 hopefuls as big names like former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Trump says impeachment lawyers were 'really good' MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Trump on Clinton's Sanders comments: 'She's the one that people don't like' MORE (I-Vt.) and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBiden calls for revoking key online legal protection Trump mocks Booker over suspended presidential campaign Julián Castro endorses Warren in 2020 race MORE (D-Texas) are all thought to be considering a run.