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Kivvit's Maggie Moran discusses NJ Senator Cory Booker's Exceptional Leadership

Kivvit's Maggie Moran discusses NJ Senator Cory Booker's Exceptional Leadership

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Senator Booker Continues to Show Exceptional Leadership (December 11, 2015) 

New Jersey and the nation are facing a series of difficult issues, from enhanced racial tensions to crumbling infrastructure to deep divides over foreign policy. Unfortunately, the response to many of these problems has been to ramp up the over-the-top partisan rhetoric. This only serves to further widen the gulf between right and left, which is clearly exacerbated by the presidential primary discussions. That is why it is so refreshing to see New Jersey’s own Senator, Cory Booker, rise above the politics of polarization, and work in a bipartisan fashion to try and solve big problems plaguing the country.

Senator Booker has only been in office for two years, but he has already shown a knack for exceptional leadership. His ability to communicate in tones that speak to broad audiences and to bring issues of importance to the forefront of public attention has quickly made him one of the United States Senate’s most effectual members. Time and again, he has proven that Washington does not have to be synonymous with gridlock.

The last two months have served as a prime example of just how impactful Senator Booker has become. In October, he announced along with several of his colleagues new legislation that would reduce mandatory minimum prison sentences for nonviolent offenders. This legislation complimented one he introduced earlier in the year called the REDEEM Act, which would keep teenagers under 18 out of adult courts and help seal the criminal records of young adults and adults convicted on nonviolent crime.

This bill goes to the heart of an issue the Senator has been advocating on for years: reforming our criminal justice system. He has been one of the country’s most vocal proponents for changing how we treat those convicted of minor drug and other nonviolent offenses so that we do not permanently ruin people’s lives for making a mistake...