New Jersey’s Cory Booker announces White House run

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) announced on Friday that he will enter the 2020 presidential race.

The 49 year-old former mayor of Newark launched his campaign by releasing the following video:

In the two-minute and 25-second clip, Booker speaks of a unified America with an economy that provides and benefits every American citizen and a justice system no longer tarnished by racial discrimination and injustice.

“I believe that we can build a country where no one is forgotten, no one is left behind. Where parents can put food on the table. Where there are good paying jobs with good benefits in every neighborhood. Where our criminal justice system keep us safe. Instead of shuffling more children into cages and coffins. Where we see the faces of our leaders on television and feel pride, not shame,” he said.

Booker is the second African American to announce his bid for the 2020 presidency, with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif) unveiling her presidential campaign on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Booker rose to prominence during his eight year run as mayor of Newark from July 2006 to October 2013 and became the first U.S. senator from New Jersey on Oct. 31, 2013, after defeating GOP challenger Steve Lonegan in a special election.

Booker has lived in Newark by choice for over 20 years, where he spent eight years living at Brick Towers, a now-demolished inner-city housing project that was plagued with crime and poor management.

Booker appeared on ABC’s “The View” early Friday after announcing his run. where he further emphasized his message about a collective America.

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