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Cory Booker's back

Updated: Dec 8, 2018


A top Granite State-based Democratic strategist says Cory Booker’s jam-packed trip to New Hampshire this weekend will help the New Jersey senator decide on whether he’ll launch a bid for the White House.


“This trip will give him a great opportunity to get a feel for what campaigning in New Hampshire is like, with some living room settings, some coffee shops,” Jim Demers said.


Demers, who’s now onboard with Booker and helped plan this weekend’s trip, is a top Concord-based lobbyist and strategist who helped steer then-presidential candidate Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign in New Hampshire.


Booker has said he’ll take the holiday season to assess whether or not he launches a White House campaign.


“During the holidays, I’m going to sit down with family and friends and really try to come to a conclusion and make a decision about whether to run or not for president,” the senator said Thursday in an interview on the “New Hampshire Today with Jack Heath” radio program.


Booker was invited by the state Democratic Party to headline their “Post-Election Victory Celebration,” which will be held Saturday afternoon at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester.


But Demers helped build out the itinerary.


Booker will start his Saturday with some retail politics, meeting and greeting breakfast customers at a café in Nashua. Later that morning, he’ll be the main attraction at a house party at the Nashua home of former longtime Democratic state Sen. Bette Lasky and Dr. Elliott Lasky. On Saturday evening, he’ll be the guest of honor at the Concord home of longtime activists Gerri and Ron King and on Sunday morning, he’ll be in Keene to speak to a gathering at Joann Fenton’s home.


He’ll also hold private meetings with friends he has met along the campaign trail in New Hampshire.


“I think it will help weigh on how he makes this decision and I think that it will give him a chance to really see how campaigning is done in New Hampshire and how people expect that face-to-face conversation,” Demers explained.


The visit is Booker’s second to New Hampshire in two months.


In late October, during the closing days of the midterm election campaign, Booker campaigned with now-Congressman-elect Chris Pappas and gubernatorial nominee Molly Kelly at a rally at the University of New Hampshire in Durham and with Rep. Annie Kuster at Dartmouth College.

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