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Yesterday, New Mayor and U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker (D. NJ) said something that caught my attention and I figured I would share it all with you:

On Sunday, Newark Mayor and U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker (D) took to Twitter to condemn the war on drugs, characterizing the federal government's approach as a "tremendous failure" and criticizing the Obama administration for not honoring state drug laws.

Booker has previously been a vocal critic of the war on drugs. In a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" discussion last year, he said current policy "represents big overgrown government at its worst."

"The so called War on Drugs has not succeeded in making significant reductions in drug use, drug arrests or violence," Booker wrote. "We are pouring huge amounts of our public resources into this current effort that are bleeding our public treasury and unnecessarily undermining human potential."

And during an appearance on HuffPost Live last December, he voiced his support for medical marijuana in New Jersey, and said he hoped to "go beyond that" by reforming federal drug policy.

"I want to be one of the people hopefully trying to lead the national conversation away from this insanity that we have right now," he said. - Huffington Post, 8/18/13

Here are some more of Booker's Tweets:
Booker also Tweeted about his criticism towards the Justice Department's raids on medical marijuana dispensaries in California and Washington:
Booker also Tweeted that if elected to the Senate, he promises to introduce legislation dealing with federal government's drug laws:
Booker's Tweets have earned him praise from Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority, saying that Booker's Tweets "signal that a new generation of politicians are no longer scared to criticize the obviously failed war on drugs."  I'm not a Cory Booker fan but I must say his Tweets are encouraging and I thank him for speaking out against America's war on drugs.  But of course, this could be all talk and of course actions speak louder than words.  So when he's elected (and he will win for sure) he will have to put his money where his mouth is.

The other thing I hope Booker will put his money where his mouth is Social Security:

New Jersey voters, it's up to you to make sure Booker makes good on those promises.  Now if you're interested, here's what we all should be in store with Booker's opponent, Steve Lonegan (R. NJ) on the campaign trail.  Mother Jones provides six of Lonegan's craziest quotes:

1. "I have a handicap, you know. I am a white guy running in the state of New Jersey."

2. "I'd hate to see you get cancer, but that's your problem, not mine."

3. On Romney's 47 percent comment: "It was the boldest thing he said in the campaign."

4. Social Security is a Ponzi scheme and "the biggest single threat facing America today."

5. A Spanish-language McDonald's billboard was "divisive" and "unfair"…because it was written in Spanish.

6. Don't feel sorry for Hurricane Sandy victims because "every day, around this country, somewhere, somebody is suffering a tragedy of equal or worse impact and we don't run and hand them a check." - Mother Jones, 8/14/13

Here's a little bonus for you:

It's no wonder Governor Chris Christie (R. NJ) didn't rush to endorse this guy:

Gov. Christie, New Jersey's dominant political figure, has pledged to endorse the winner of the GOP primary, and Lonegan said the governor could do so this week. But as Christie campaigns for reelection in November and tries to build a national image as a pragmatic leader with bipartisan appeal, he is unlikely to fully embrace Lonegan, an unyielding conservative firebrand.

As of Friday, Christie had not made any public comment on Lonegan's primary win Tuesday - not even a written statement acknowledging the victory - and a Christie spokesman said the governor had not finalized any events with the nominee.

"I don't think the energies of the Republican Party are particularly focused on Steve Lonegan's candidacy," Montclair State University political scientist Brigid Harrison said.

Lonegan, though, said he expected Christie's help. In an interview on NJTV's On the Record, he said Christie was tentatively set to appear with him Tuesday.

"I have the entire Republican Party behind me," Lonegan said in an interview recorded Friday.

Beyond the endorsement, few expect Christie to deploy his full political muscle for Lonegan, especially while he runs his own race against State Sen. Barbara Buono.

Christie and Lonegan have had a rocky relationship. Lonegan ran as an alternative to Christie in the 2009 gubernatorial primary and has criticized some of the governor's decisions for being insufficiently conservative. - Philadelphia Inquirer, 8/18/13

Stay tuned.

Originally posted to pdc on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 07:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party and DKos Cannabis Law and Drug War Reform.

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  •  Sigh … I can never quite figure out (7+ / 0-)

    what to make of Booker. He seems to have two settings: Awesome and Lieberman.

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    by Code Monkey on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 07:28:35 PM PDT

  •  I think Booker has the potential to be (0+ / 0-)

    a lot more progressive than we expect him to be. Not saying he'll turn out that way, but he might end up having a few completely unexpected stances.

    Leftist Mormon in Utah, Born in Washington State, live in UT-04 (Matheson).

    by Gygaxian on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 07:56:49 PM PDT

  •  Wait until the Prison Industrial Complex gets (0+ / 0-)

    a hold of him.  And it's political perilous to work for shorter/no sentences because if somebody who would have been locked up due to drug offenses isn't because of your laws and that person kills somebody - your political career is toast.  

    I like the way he's talking here, but I don't really trust he'll stick with it.  

    If you're not talking about what billionaire hedgefund bankster Peter G. Peterson is up to you're having the wrong conversations.

    by Jacoby Jonze on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 08:37:07 PM PDT

    •  That's why I said it's up to New Jersey voters to (0+ / 0-)

      hold him to that promise.  look, we all knew Holt and Pallone didn't have a snowball's chance in Hell of beating Booker and I get why he won.  Now I don't fully trust him either but I'm not a New Jersey Democrat, they made their decision.  Now they have to hold him to that and I hope considering that he himself is an African American and the number of African American youth that are incarcerated all the time for pot he'll stay true to that promise.  But again, it will involve voters holding him to that promise.

      Funny Stuff at

      by poopdogcomedy on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 08:59:08 PM PDT

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  •  Booker is a tweety politician (0+ / 0-)

    It's pretty easy to land liberal on certain issues. But those aren't the complex issues Booker will face in the Senate, nor are they issues around which he organizes his campaign fund-raising. Best follow the money with this guy.

    "There ain't no sanity clause." Chico Marx

    by DJ Rix on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 09:00:08 PM PDT

  •  Booker is lucky (0+ / 0-)

    he's in a state that probably only grows its grass indoors

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    by annieli on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 09:52:17 PM PDT

  •  Didn't Candidate Obama (0+ / 0-)

    say much the same stuff in 2008?

    Sorry, but Cory Booker's way, way too much in Wall Street's pockets for me to be particularly enthusiastic about his candidacy, especially in a blue state like NJ that could do so much better.

    "Violence never requires translation, but it often causes deafness." - Bareesh the Hutt.

    by Australian2 on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 10:22:04 PM PDT

    •  No. He didn't (1+ / 0-)
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      Maybe the empty chair you had set up for as a President Obama stand-in might have said something different.

      NJ had a chance to "do better" A large majority of Democrats chose him. The election wasn't stolen.

      •  Candidate Barack Obama, circa 2008: (0+ / 0-)

        "I'm not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue."

        That remark was read as a criticism of the War on Drugs, and indeed as a half-promise to scale it back, at least at the Federal level. For the first year and a half of the Administration, that was the case - the Ogden memorandum even explicitly stated that medical marijuana providers who operated in conjunction with State laws would be left alone.

        As we know, that didn't last - after the 2010 midterm, President Obama took the hardest line seen yet on medical provision of various "soft" drugs, even in States which permit it. Indeed, President Obama's Administration has gone even further than President Bush's Administration in aggressively negating state laws on medical marijuana, aggressively prosecuting two-bit dealers and aggressively enforcing the law to the very maximum extent possible.

        All the while, charging not a single Wall Street executive for the criminal fraud that brought the economy crashing down shortly before he took office.

        Now I don't know about you, but both Candidate Booker and Candidate Obama seem to have criticised the failed War on Drugs to me. President Obama's taken the opposite tack when in office; given Candidate Booker's apparent allegiance to the same powers backing Candidate Obama (namely, Wall Street), I think it's reasonable to draw comparisons.

        "Violence never requires translation, but it often causes deafness." - Bareesh the Hutt.

        by Australian2 on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 10:51:57 AM PDT

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        •  Not 100%, Obama never stated he would change (0+ / 0-)

          the laws like Booker is saying he would.  Booker is being way more vocal and specific on this issue.  Now that doesn't mean we should just trust him, we should make sure he keeps to his word.  Your comparison is not apples to oranges here.

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          by poopdogcomedy on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 11:28:21 AM PDT

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  •  Wall St; Loyalty; What now for Booker? (1+ / 0-)
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    Booker is far from the only Democrat in Wall Street's pocket, but he made himself a poster-boy for this, and raised important questions about his priorities, through his television interview comments that the Obama re-election campaign’s private equity-related attacks on Romney and Bain were “nauseating”?

    At this moment, the most useful act by Booker would be to join and generate large private equity contributions to a fundraiser for Barbara Buono’s current campaign against Christie in the New Jersey Governorship race that Booker ducked.  

    Any ‘loser taint’ that Booker might be afraid of picking up from Buono would be greatly outweighed by the value of showing some solidarity with other Democratic candidates and some resistance to Christie’s policies, and Christie's strategy to put the Presidency in play in 2016.

  •  I know Lonegan well ... (0+ / 0-)

    He's a right wing hack going way back.  Of course, I will support Cory over Lonegan.

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Riane Eisler

    by noofsh on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 04:40:08 AM PDT

    •  Of course; that part goes without saying. (0+ / 0-)

      Virtually any Democrat (excluding utter excrescences like Blanche Lincoln or Joe Lieberman c.2005) is better than virtually any Republican.

      But I fear that New Jersey's traded down by losing Senator Lautenberg, a bona fide champion of the working man, and gaining in exchange Senator Booker, a bona fide aficonado of Wall Street.

      "Violence never requires translation, but it often causes deafness." - Bareesh the Hutt.

      by Australian2 on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 10:53:36 AM PDT

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  •  well, i'm glad (0+ / 0-)

    when anyone aspiring to political success speaks the truth, and on the subject of marijuana especially

    any time this issue is properly reported is good, in my book

  •  Why of course he is (0+ / 0-)

    Because he's the worst Democrat since Evar and worse than Lieberman, oh wait...

    •  Wow. A complete non sequitur, as well as (0+ / 0-)

      a gratuitous attack on the diarist.

      "Violence never requires translation, but it often causes deafness." - Bareesh the Hutt.

      by Australian2 on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 10:54:53 AM PDT

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