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No. 6: Cory Booker POWER 100

As President Trump continues to oppose federal funding for the Gateway Program and his administration’s tax initiatives compound an already onerous situation in New Jersey, the state needs powerful allies in D.C. — and the junior senator from Newark may be its best hope.

Meantime, as Democrats look to take the House later this year and make inroads in the Senate, Booker has his eyes on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in 2020. Given the wide berth presented by the minority party as it looks for a charismatic and popular standard-bearer to take the fight to Trump, there’s no obvious reason why he can’t get there.

Booker is fine-tuning his profile, attaining seats on the Senate Judiciary and Foreign Relations committees and vowing no longer to accept contributions from corporate political action committees.

If he can run the gauntlet of presidential primaries relatively unscathed and parlay backlash against Trumpian policies into victory in two years, Booker will be not only the most powerful New Jerseyan, he’ll be the most powerful man in the world.

Power 100: Class of 2018

No. 1: Jeff Bezos

No. 2: Phil Murphy

No. 3: George Norcross

No. 4: Stephen Sweeney

No. 5: Anthony Coscia

No. 6: Cory Booker

No. 7: Tammy Murphy

No. 8: Shiela Oliver

No. 9: Pete Cammarano

No. 10: Ras Baraka

Honorees: A-F

Honorees: G-M

Honorees: N-Z

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