By Herb Jackson
August 24, 2012
Newark Mayor Cory Booker was tapped today to speak about the Democratic Party’s platform at its national convention in Charlotte, N.C. next month.
The choice of Booker means New Jersey will have highly placed speakers at both party conventions, with Governor Christie preparing to deliver the keynote speech on Wednesday at the Republican convention in Tampa, Fla.
Already popularized on youtube as Christie’s foil in the battle for attention in the Garden State, Booker is also the source of endless speculation about where his political career will lead beyond the mayor’s office in the state’s largest city.
He is mentioned as a potential candidate for governor next year, or for U.S. senator in 2014, when veteran Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s term is up.
The Democratic convention committee announced that Booker will speak on the convention’s first night, Tuesday, Sept. 4. Also presenting the the platform will be retired Lt. General Claudia Kennedy and Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif.