Familiar Booker themes of common ground, bi-partisanship and “it’s not about right or left” here. Though I guarantee some folks in Newark are going to take issue with his claim of supporting public schools …
As usual with Sen. Booker, a mix, delivered with such ease that it looks smooth, effortless and sincere. Decide for yourself. This is a 7-figure ad buy, across cable systems statewide. Unlike most campaign ads, it’s sourced; you can see that below the fold. What do you think, Blue Jersey?
On the jump page, backup to the script as provided by the campaign.
As an antidote to Washington gridlock, I promised to work with anyone serious about helping New Jersey. I meant it. And I did it. So I’m working with people across the aisle.
Citing His Collaboration With Senator Rand Paul, An Editorial In The Newark Star-Ledger Said That Booker Stayed “True To His Word” On Seeking Bipartisan Agreement. In an editorial, the Newark Star-Ledger editorial board wrote, “Cory Booker has a history of looking for bipartisan agreement. That’s why The Star-Ledger endorsed him for U.S. Senate – because he pledged to bring that spirit to Washington. Now, the former Newark mayor has proven true to his word. He announced that he is partnering up with Rand Paul, the libertarian-leaning Republican senator from Kentucky, to overhaul our nation’s criminal justice system.” [Newark Star-Ledger, Editorial, 7/9/14]
To create good jobs through targeted tax breaks.
Booker Joined Republican Senator Tim Scott In Introducing The LEAP Act, Which Provided A Federal Tax Credit To Companies Offering New Apprenticeships. According to a press release from Senator Booker’s office, “Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced The Leveraging and Energizing America’s Apprenticeship Programs or “LEAP” Act to increase apprenticeships through a new federal tax credit for employers. […] Key pieces of the LEAP Act include: Offering a federal tax credit for hiring new apprentices that are registered with the U.S. Department of Labor or a state apprenticeship agency; [and] addressing the fact that the average age of apprentices is currently as high as 29 by offering a tax credit of $1,500 for apprentices under 25. The tax credit for apprentices over 25 is $1,000.” [Senator Cory Booker, Press Release, 4/9/14]
To support our public schools and make college more affordable.
During His Time As Senator, Booker And Senator Menendez Helped Secure At Least $9 Million In School Improvement Grants For New Jersey Schools. According to a press release from Senator Booker’s office, “U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today announced that the State of New Jersey will receive $9,485,864 from the U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) School Improvement Grants (SIG) program. […] ‘If we want to compete globally, it’s essential that we invest in our schools – especially those schools that are underperforming,’ Sen. Booker said. ‘Ultimately, our economy will only be as strong as its classrooms, and it’s a disservice to our children, to the state and to the entire nation when we fail to act to help teachers and students in low-achieving schools. The School Improvement Grants announced today will aid in helping to close the achievement gap in some of the lowest performing schools in New Jersey and will help restore hope to children who deserve a high-quality education.'” [Senator Cory Booker, Press Release, 2/21/14]
Booker Introduced The Simplifying Financial Aid For Students Act Of 2014, Which Was Designed To Simplify Financial Aid And Provide More Affordable Higher Education Opportunities. According to a press release from Senator Booker’s office, “U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) today introduced the Simplifying Financial Aid for Students Act of 2014, legislation that simplifies the financial aid process and increases the accessibility and affordability of higher education for students and their families.” The book currently has 8 cosponsors, all Democrats. [Senator Cory Booker, Press Release, 5/14/14; Congress.gov, S. 2340, 113th Congress, accessed 9/22/14]
Booker Cosponsored Senator Mark Kirk’s Legislation To Provide Federal Grants To Schools And Teachers Participating In Year-Round Education Programs. Booker cosponsored Senator Mark Kirk’s All Year School Study Act, which “amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to direct the Secretary of Education to carry out a multi-year pilot program awarding four grants to states, local educational agencies, or other public entities to establish or expand year-round education programs at public elementary or secondary schools that focus on raising student achievement.” The bill “allows grantees to increase the salaries of teachers participating in the year-round education programs, but by no more than 100%.” Booker cosponsored the legislation on February 12, 2014, the same day it was introduced. [Congress.gov, S. 2029, 113th Congress, accessed 9/22/14]
Booker Voted In Favor Of The Senate Fiscal 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, Which Provided $156.8 Billion In Funding For The Departments Of Labor, HHS And Education. Booker voted in favor of the passage of the Fiscal 2014 Omnibus Appropriations. This bill “would provide about $1.1 trillion in discretionary appropriations in fiscal 2014 for federal departments and agencies covered by the 12 unfinished fiscal 2014 spending bills. Included in that total is: […] $156.8 billion for Labor-HHS-Education.” The bill passed by a vote of 72-26 and became Public Law 113-76. [CQ, H.R. 3547, 113th Congress, accessed 9/22/14]
And to protect Social Security and Medicare. I’m finding common ground to get things done. It’s not about right or left. New Jersey, it’s time to move forward. Join me. I’m Cory Booker and I approve this message
Booker Voted In Favor Of The Protecting Access To Medicare Act Of 2014. Booker voted in favor of the passage of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014. This bill “would extend Medicare physician reimbursement rates until March 31, 2015, and extend other Medicare and Medicaid payment provisions, including increased inpatient payments for certain low-volume hospitals and specialized Medicare Advantage plans for individuals with special needs.” The bill passed by a vote of 64-35 and became Public Law 113-93. [CQ, H.R. 4302, 113th Congress, accessed 9/22/14]
Booker: We Must Protect Social Security And Medicare. On his campaign issues page, Booker said, “We must act to empower those who are suffering now, removing roadblocks that prevent them and their families from getting back on their feet. Doing that is about more than simply protecting the most vulnerable or those at risk of falling from the middle class into poverty. It means providing help to people who are likely to spend the extra money they have in their paychecks every month – a hand up that will create benefits throughout the economy. And as the unpredictability and hardship of the last five years has made even clearer, we must make good on our promise to seniors and fight to protect Medicare and Social Security benefits.” [Cory Booker for U.S. Senate, accessed 9/22/14]