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Long reads to enjoy on your long weekend

Whether you're in the back seat of an SUV on the way to Long Island or just lounging around waiting to head to Grandma's down the road, you might find yourself with some downtime during the long weekend. Catch up on some of The Record and NorthJersey.com's best in-depth stories from the past year. W


L.A. Parker: Brush with Greatness - Meeting Senator Cory Booker

In October 2014, Pamela Beasley headed out for a late lunch. "I just happened to be at the Bank of America at the right time on my lunch break. That's when I met Sen. Cory Booker," Beasley wrote. Sen. Booker snapped this memorable selfie for Beasley who has a photo with a potential presidential cand


Cory Booker: It's Time To Get Covered - What We Have To Lose If The Trump Administration Limits Health Care

Open enrollment started earlier this month, which means that from now until December 15th, you can visit HealthCare.gov to shop, compare, and enroll in health coverage for next year. But if you haven't heard or seen much about it, that's probably because President Trump and his Administration don't


Embattled Sen. Bob Menendez Endorses Cory Booker for President

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) received an early Christmas present when a judge declared a mistrial in his corruption case Thursday. Right after thanking God, the senator thanked his fellow New Jersey senator, Cory Booker, for standing by him in the corruption case. Menendez even suggested Booker wou


Genius Grant recipient Damon Rich talks housing justice issues in the City of Newark

Newark-based architect and former city planner Damon Rich was recently awarded the prestigious MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" for his innovative, creative and socially conscious designs.Credits: Hector Design Services Newark-based architect, designer and urban planner Damon Rich has been descri


Democrats Show Support for Senator Menendez After His Mistrial

Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey getting a pat on the back by Senator Cory Booker during a groundbreaking ceremony for the North Portal Bridge project in Kearny, N.J., in October. Mr. Booker is one of several prominent Democrats who have endorsed Mr. Menendez for re-election in 2018.Credit Brya


LoBiondo, Menendez, Booker Statement on VA IG Report on Death of Charles Ingram III

In Response to March 2016 Suicide at VA Clinic in Northfield, Lawmakers Demanded Removal of South Jersey facilities from Leadership at Wilmington VA Medical Center, Additional Staff Hired & Significant Changes ImplementedWASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02) along with the offic


Cory Booker talks about the need to tackle 'corporate villainy'

On Oct. 23, Senator Cory Booker, one of the members of Congress most capable of harnessing bipartisan cooperation, introduced the Environmental Justice Act of 2017, which was devoid of one Republican sponsor. If passed, the bill would force the federal government to strengthen legal protections for


Why can't Elizabeth Warren win the White House?

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has a passionate fanbase-an a lot of haters. With a Democratic electorate hungry to take down Donald Trump, the 2020 Democratic presidential race has already begun in earnest. Sens. Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders-even Mark Zuckerberg-have been th


On Veterans' Day weekend in Newark, Booker calls on community to support American Legion post after fire

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker came to Newark Veterans' Day weekend to call on the community to help rebuild an American Legion post, which burned to the ground in January.Credits: Mark J. Bonamo U.S. Sen. Cory Booker came to Newark Veterans' Day weekend to call on the community to help rebuild an American L


Cory Booker thinks we should fight Trump by loving him

Senator Cory Booker believes that the best tool in our political arsenal is love. The senator lives by the creed of a "conspiracy of love," using the phrase often to describe everything from his own disadvantaged youth to the state of our politics today. Recently, Booker employed that love angle aga


An Interview with Cory Booker

The Politic: What is it that keeps you going? What are the main sources of inspiration for you in your work? Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ): I think this has been one of the most inspirational periods for me, as an adult. I've seen horrible, horrible policies like the Muslim ban, but then I go out to th


N.J. senators in new push to ban assault weapons after Las Vegas and Texas shootings

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Robert Menendez, who participated in a Senate filibuster last year to demand action on gun safety measures, joined 20 of their colleagues in introducing legislation to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. The Democratic s


NJ Politics Digest: Guadagno, Murphy Make Final Push

26 killed in church attack in Texas' deadliest mass shooting Kim Guadagno and Phil Murphy crisscrossed the state during the final weekend of the New Jersey governor's race, making their closing arguments to voters before Tuesday's election. Guadagno stopped at diners, VFWs, a church and a hot dog re


Donna Brazile considered a Biden-Booker ticket to replace Hillary Clinton

Senator Cory Booker says he doesn't think about running for President. Michael Karas/NorthJersey.com WASHINGTON - Joe Biden and Sen. Cory Booker would have been the Democratic nominees last year instead of Hillary Clinton and Sen. Tim Kaine if Donna Brazile followed her instincts. Brazile, the form


Booker: Deporting DREAMers Would be 'Assaulting Very Idea of the American Dream'

WASHINGTON - Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J) urged Americans to join the fight to grant DREAMers a path to citizenship because subjecting them to deportation would mean "assaulting the very idea of the American dream." "Think about this. We are a nation that once denied full citizenship rights to women. We


Former DNC Head Considered Emergency Biden-Booker Ticket In 2016 After Clinton Fainted

After Hillary Clinton's health scare at a Sept. 11 commemoration during last year's campaign, former DNC chair Donna Brazile said she briefly considered replacing the Clinton-Kaine ticket with former Vice President Joe Biden and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, respectively. According to a new Washingto


Another high-profile Dem endorses Kriseman

Creative Commons/flickr user Jamelle BouiePopular U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) issued his endorsement of incumbent St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman Friday afternoon. The former Newark mayor, a possible 2020 presidential contender, also recorded a robocall message urging voters to support the mayor. The


Scarred by Trump, challengers eye 2020

Democratic Senator Cory Booker, shown in this January 11, 2017 file photo, is hailed as Barack Obama's political heir and could be eyeing a White House run in 2020 One year on from Donald Trump's shock election, US Democrats are still struggling to heal the wounds of Hillary Clinton's calamitous def


Democrats Threaten Government Shutdown Without DACA Fix

Senate Democrats who were unhappy with President Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are making it clear that they have no intention of voting on a government spending bill until Dreamers are granted protection once more. The threat of a government shutdown loo