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Booker Has Retained Optimistic Campaign Style

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Sen. Cory Booker served as mayor of Newark, New Jersey from 2006 to 2013 before his election to the Senate in 2013.

River to River's "Home State View" series helps us understand how the presidential candidates are viewed as leaders in the states they call home. Host Ben Kieffer interviews journalists who have spent years covering the candidates. We get the little-known details about each hopeful's history. Click the "play" button to listen.

Senior correspondent David Cruz with NJTV News in Newark joins Ben Kieffer to discuss presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Cory Booker's impact on New Jersey. Cruz talks about how Booker began his political career as an optimistic reformer running for Newark's mayorship, but his popularity dwindled after governing the city through the 2008 recession and a Newark watershed crisis. He says Booker has retained his optimistic campaign style over 15 years, despite the controversies.

Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Katherine Perkins is IPR's Program Director for News and Talk