Cory Anthony Booker, is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from New Jersey, in office since 2013. Previously he served as mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013, shared an interesting post.
He shared on Facebook: "One of the top reasons children in New Jersey miss school is because of environmental toxins that cause them illnesses and ailments, ranging from lead paint poisoning to asthma. For example, in Newark, asthma is the leading cause of absenteeism for Newark’s school age children; 25 percent of children in Newark suffer from asthma -- three times the state average.
These costs are clear. We can measure this data -- millions and millions of lost school days and workdays because of environmental hazards and pollution.
In a global, knowledge-based economy, the number one natural resource is not oil or gas -- it's the genius of our children. And right now we are squandering that natural resource.
We all know there are things called negative externalities when it comes to business. The challenge we have right now is we're allowing businesses and corporations to pass tremendous costs onto society resulting in environmental damage, lost potential, lost productivity and billions and billions of taxpayer dollars toward cleanup. I believe in a free market but what we have right now is a perversion of that market. The public is paying tremendous costs for business enterprizes who do not act responsibly and do not account for the damage they are doing to the health of our communities.
We must have a moral economy. In yesterday's hearing, after listening to so called "free market" advocates, I used most of my time to point out these realities.
But this is more than dollars and cents. How can you quantify a child's health, how can you put a dollar amount on their genius, their potential, their right to have the fullness of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We must move toward a moral economy - profit and morality don't have to be at odds. Sadly though, short-term greed, and the perversion of economic principles has resulted in grave environmental harm and ultimately hurt our overall economic and health well-being.
We must do more to protect our communities and our children and promote more true, enlightened, moral, economics that will ultimately create abundance for all - not robbing from the vulnerable for the wealth of the few."
Considered one of the most prominent Democrats in New Jersey, he became a candidate for the United States Senate in the 2013 special election to succeed Frank Lautenberg, who died in office. He won the Senate Democratic primary on August 13, 2013, and then won the general election against Steve Lonegan on October 16, 2013, becoming the first black U.S. Senator from New Jersey.