Living on a prayer? Jon Bon Jovi sent out a fundraising email for Cory Booker’s ailing campaign | Monday Morning Coffee

September 30, 2019 6:57 am

Good Monday Morning, Fellow Seekers.

With one of the nation’s largest and, perhaps, best-paid legislatures on hiatus until Oct. 21 for some reason, we’re turning our attention to the national stage this morning. Specifically, to New Jersey, where we find one of the Garden State’s favorite sons (who isn’t named Sprmrhuce Shmpringsteen) dipping a toe into the 2020 presidential waters.

In a fundraising blast on Saturday, rocker Jon Bon Jovi went to bat for U.S. Sen. Cory Booker’s presidential campaign, which, it can be fairly said, isn’t exactly … a bed of roses these days.

The New Jersey senator is polling at a scant 1.5 percent, according to the Real Clear Politics average. And he’s been struggling to raise the money needed to keep his campaign going.

Enter Bon Jovi, who had nothing but praise for Booker and his commitment to his home state.

The Garden State lawmaker “is a great man who would do an amazing job in the White House. I’m lucky to call him a friend, and all of us would be lucky to call him our president,” Bon Jovi wrote.

Given the nation’s fractious state, and the looming fight over impeachment, the rocker went on to add that, “I believe we need to respond with a strong call for unity and a renewed sense of shared purpose. I can’t think of anyone better than Cory Booker to rise to the challenge. He is the right leader for this moment.”

By Sunday, it appeared Bon Jovi’s plea worked: Booker’s campaign announced that it had hit its fundraising threshold to participate in November’s Democratic primary debate.

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John L. Micek

A three-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's former Editor-in-Chief.