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Booker to Gillibrand: ‘We will always be family’

Booker to Gillibrand: ‘We will always be family’
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Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerBiden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Policy center calls for new lawmakers to make diverse hires Dangerously fast slaughter speeds are putting animals, people at greater risk during COVID-19 crisis MORE (D-N.J.), who officially jumped into the 2020 Democratic primary Friday, told fellow presidential candidate Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) he was glad they were both running for president.

“You are my sister. There may be some sibling rivalry but we will always be family,” he tweeted Friday.

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The comments came in response to a tweet from Gillibrand saying she would be cheering Booker on, just “not TOO hard.” 

The two senators are known to be good friends.

Booker and Gillibrand are only two of nine people who have already said they are running or are leaning toward making a bid. The primary field is expected to be the largest in modern history and could include upwards of eight senators alone. 

Along with Gillibrand, Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Warren, Brown voice support for controversial Biden budget office pick Biden's economic team gets mixed reviews from Senate Republicans MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisWho will replace Harris in Senate? 'Rising' discusses Wisconsin formally declares Biden won election following recount Moderate Democrats: Everyone's older siblings MORE (D-Calif.) are also in the race.

It is unclear how long the niceties can last between the senators running in 2020, as many will likely be angling for the approval of the progressive wing of the party’s base.