Sen. Booker speaks to veterans, students during voting rally at Rowan

David Madden
October 30, 2018 - 5:03 pm

David Madden | KYW Newsradio

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GLASSBORO, NJ (KYW Newsradio) — New Jersey U.S. Senator Cory Booker met with veterans and headlined a Get Out the Vote rally at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J. Tuesday. He may not be on next week’s ballot, but Booker sounded very much like a candidate.

It’s no secret he’s flirting with a 2020 Presidential run, although he insists he’s nowhere close to making a decision. However, he told some 300 students that sitting out of the midterm elections is really not an option this time around.

“We have some people that have an attitude,” said Booker. “They think that they’re not voting because they’re upset or not voting because they don’t think it makes a difference. I am sorry. Not voting isn’t an act of rebellion. It is an act of surrender.”

Booker was speaking at a rally organized by Rowan Democrats on behalf of 1st Congressional District Congressman Donald Norcross, who is seeking re-election. Earlier the two men sat down with a dozen veterans who are attending classes at the school, to assess their needs and concerns. Most discussed veterans programs and access to health care.

At the rally Booker didn’t mention anyone by name, but said he’d like to see Americans stand up for what he calls “a nation that is hurting and needs leadership.”

“Don’t you dare fall into the trap of allowing someone from a party or an office on high ever to twist you so much to make you hate them,” Booker added. “We’ve got to be clear on this. I’m tired of seeing the hate. Where have we gotten in America where we dislike each other so deeply?”

Booker suggested this is not a time to blame people for using inflammatory rhetoric in the name of partisanship. Rather, he said it’s time for all Americans to take responsibility for what they say and do, and if people want real change, it starts within themselves.