Up Close: U.S. Senator Cory Booker

NEW YORK (WABC) -- This week on Up Close, a conversation with U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey.

The former mayor of Newark, Booker was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2013 in a special election to succeed the late Frank Lautenberg.

He is the first African-American U.S. Senator from New Jersey.

He went to Stanford, a Rhodes Scholarship, and then received a law degree from Yale.

So after two years, what kind of education is he getting in Washington?

Sen. Booker joins us and addresses speculation that he is under consideration as one of Hillary Clinton's potential running mates.

Also this week, a discussion of guns and gun violence.

More than 30,000 people are killed every year in the U.S by guns. Roughly 2/3 out of 3 are suicide.

We talked with two women trying to do something about gun violence: June Rubin, New York chair of Moms Demand Action and Natasha Christopher, also with that group.

Her son was shot and killed by two men in Brooklyn almost four years ago.
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Bill Ritter talks with June Rubin and Natasha Christopher of Moms Demand Action.

Finally, with us to talk about the presidential campaign and why the opponents of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton haven't dropped out, is political analyst Doug Schoen.
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Bill Ritter talks with political analyst Doug Schoen.

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