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Booker sides with Obama on Iran nuclear deal

Glenn Townes | 9/14/2015, 6 a.m.
It's no secret that New Jersey Senator and ex-Newark mayor Cory Booker has a mind of his own and seldom ...
Cory Booker

It's no secret that New Jersey Senator and ex-Newark mayor Cory Booker has a mind of his own and seldom acquiesces to the pressures of others to change his opinion about anything. That indelible trait became even more apparent when Booker publicly vowed his support of President Barack Obama's controversial Iran nuclear arm's deal.

Booker, 46, became just the 35th Democratic or independent senator to back the controversial and much criticized plan. In its simplest definition, the Iran Nuclear Deal would mandate Iran to reduce, redesign or eliminate its nuclear facilities in exchange for the lifting of all nuclear related economic sanctions currently imposed by the U.S., and several other world powers. Booker called the Obama led initiative “flawed” and in need of some “revisions,” however, he said alternatives to the deal may be far worse. He added that the deal may indeed be the best way to enhance and preserve military and diplomatic options for the U.S.

For Booker, siding with Obama and not bowing to intense pressure from dozens of other national and state politicos—including fellow state Senator Robert Menendez—to oppose the plan, shows the moxie that has made the senator a celebrity. Other supporters of the measure include New Jersey Rep. Steven Rothman, former Michigan Sen Carl Levin and former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank.