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 BookerThe Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens Schumer throws support behind bill to study reparations 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 BidenHouse unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Sanders to call on 2020 Democrats to reject money from drug, health insurance industries Harris tops Biden in California 2020 poll MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to call on 2020 Democrats to reject money from drug, health insurance industries The hidden connection between immigration and health care: Our long-term care crisis Harris tops Biden in California 2020 poll MORE (I-Vt.) and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in ahead of House vote to condemn tweet Poll: Biden, Sanders and Warren lead 2020 Democrats in New Hampshire Poll: Biden leads 2020 Democrats by 13 points, followed by Sanders, Warren and Harris MORE (D-Texas) are all thought to be considering a run.