More security will be provided to New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker and it will be detailed in his home, following death threats the lawmaker received.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka issued a statement on Saturday saying: “The Newark Police Division has been notified by the United States Capitol Police (USCP) regarding a threat on the life of New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and his family members. As a result, members of the Police Division’s Executive Protection Unit have been assigned to provide security at the Senator’s residence in Newark.”
Baraka’s statement, however, did not clarify nor elaborate on the nature of the threat Booker received.
The authorities also have not revealed any information or details if arrests have been made in relation to the threats received by the senator.
Booker was also a former mayor of Newark. He recently traveled to Alabama to make a campaign pitch for Doug Jones, who won the state’s special Senate election over embattled Roy Moore.
Booker, interestingly, is widely speculated to be eyeing a presidential run in 2020. The Democratic lawmaker has always been critical of President Donald Trump and even demanded that the President resign last week amid revived controversies arising from sexual harassment charges that were first thrown at Trump during the presidential campaign last year, and only resurfaced in the recent past weeks.
Booker has also been vocal in slamming the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to repeal net neutrality. He also hit Trump for what he alleges as the commander-in-chief’s “all-out assault on the LGBTQ community.”
No one from the senator’s staff or from his family ever discussed what the threat is supposedly about, and where they think such warnings on his life and security could possibly be coming from.
Taxpayers will naturally shoulder the expenses of the additional security given to Sen. Booker as the beefed-up security is arranged officially.