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Cory Booker to kick off his presidential campaign in Newark Saturday

April 10, 2019 - 7:32 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — New Jersey Senator Cory Booker will formally kick off his 2020 presidential campaign with an event in Newark Saturday.

Cory Booker spoke to 1010 WINS ahead of the kickoff.

When asked about his proposed reparations bill he said, "I've called for now, in the United States senate, a bill that will pull together the best minds in our nation to study this issue and come up with real strategy so that we can balance the scales economically, with health care, really this disparities that become baked into the system of our country that we see really affecting every day life."

Harrington Park native Booker, 49, served as Newark’s mayor before being elected to the senate in 2013.

Booker said that his experience as mayor of Newark helped him stand out in a crowded field, "Nobody that's running has the resume that I do of running to the most difficult challenges in our country. You know, I was the chief executive of a city during a national global recession, and we turned Newark around. Newark has turned a corner, biggest economic development period in 60 years."

He said the event would serve as “a chance for our team from all over the country to come together and celebrate this movement—a movement to channel our common pain into common purpose to end the persistent injustices we see across our country."

Booker said his presidential campaign will focus on several key areas including income equality and affordable housing.

He praised the green new deal as a bold push to address climate change and improve the environment.

Booker will launch a two-week national tour starting from Newark.

The event will take place in Military Park, 51 Park Pl., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

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