CONWAY — Less than two weeks after announcing a run for president, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., will be in the Mount Washington Valley to stump at a house party at the law offices of Cooper, Cargill and Chant in North Conway. He is the first 2020 candidate to come to town.
Booker, 49, the former mayor of Newark, N.J. from 2006-13, declared himself a candidate for the nation’s highest office on Feb. 1, making the announcement on the steps of his Newark home.
"People in America are losing faith that this nation will work for them. They're beginning to believe that too many folks are gonna get left out or left behind. They believe that forces that are tearing us apart are stronger than those that bond us together," he said.
"I'm running for president because I want to address these issues."
Booker will be in the Granite State this Saturday through Monday as part of his “New Hampshire Rise Tour,” with six events scheduled thus far.
He is slated to be in Portsmouth on Saturday at 10 a.m. for a “Portsmouth Conversation With Cory,” then head to Conway.
“Americans’ faith is shaken,” the campaign stated in a release about Booker's visit to New Hampshire.
“Right now, people fear that the lines that divide us are growing stronger than the ties that bind us. Cory Booker is running for president to change that. He believes that the answer to our common pain is to reignite our sense of common purpose to build a more fair and just nation for everyone. Together, we will ensure that our generation and those to come will achieve things others say can’t be done. Together, we will rise.”
On Sunday, Booker plans to attend a “Rochester Coffee Meet and Greet” at 10 a.m. at the Governor’s Inn in Rochester. He will also attend a house party in Manchester at 1:30 p.m, followed by “Sunday Funday with Cory” with the New Hampshire Young Democrats at the Electric Avenue Arcade in Manchester at 7:30 p.m.
On Monday, Booker will attend a house party at the Nashua home of current state Sen. Cindy Rosenwald at 10 a.m.
Booker, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2013, said he is looking to “unifying America” and billed himself as “a problem-solver who can reach across the aisle.”
"I've spent my entire career running at problems people said couldn't be solved," Booker said. "My conviction is that we can do impossible things when we come together."
Booker's campaign said it plans to reject corporate donors, super PACs and contributions from federal lobbyists.