New NJ law would let Cory Booker run for president, Senate at same time

New NJ law would let Cory Booker run for president, Senate at same time
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Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed a bill on Thursday that would allow Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony Booker2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign T.I., Charlamagne Tha God advocate for opportunity zones on Capitol Hill MORE (D), who has been widely seen as a possible 2020 presidential contender, to run for president and the Senate simultaneously.

The new bill would allow any U.S. senator or member of the U.S. House from the Garden State to appear on both the primary general election for their respective office in addition to the presidency, according to Politico.

The bill, N.J. A4674 (18R), reportedly states that “no provision of [New Jersey’s election law], or of any other law, rule, or regulation shall be interpreted as to prevent a person from accepting a nomination by petition” to run for the House or Senate in addition to president or vice president simultaneously.


Booker, who is up for reelection to the Senate in 2020, has been widely expected to make a bid for the presidency. The New Jersey Democrat has made visits to both Iowa and New Hampshire in recent weeks to support other Democratic candidates running for office in each state.

Booker has also indicated in recent interviews that he is weighing a run for the White House in 2020, saying in September that it would be "irresponsible" not to entertain the idea.

"Of course the presidency will be something I consider. It would be irresponsible not to," Booker said in a profile published in the New York magazine.