Washington, DC -- US Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) issued the following statement:


“I celebrate the confirmation of Merrick Garland to serve as Attorney General. He’s a person of character and integrity who will restore independence to the Department of Justice. I have no doubt he is the right choice to lead the Department forward and re-center justice as its mission.


“I also celebrate my friend Matt Klapper, whom Attorney General Garland has put his trust in to serve as his chief of staff. 


For more than 20 years, Matt worked with me in the trenches fighting to advance social, racial, and economic justice for New Jerseyans and all Americans, most recently as my Senate chief of staff, where he moved mountains and bridged divides, bringing people together around ideas that made our country more just and fair. 


“I’m lifted knowing that he is bringing to the Justice Department the knowledge, grit and empathy our nation needs right now to fight for the most vulnerable and ensure equal justice for all. He’s the best person for the job — and I could not be prouder.


“I’m so grateful for Matt’s leadership that has helped millions of Americans in New Jersey and around our country. It’s impossible to quantify the impact Matt has had on so many — from all corners of this nation to the staff he led here in the Senate.”


Veronica Duron, most recently Booker’s legislative director, will serve as Booker’s chief of staff. 


Booker continued, “Veronica has been a force in our office since she joined as my legislative director in 2019. Her spirit, energy and values give me the utmost faith that she’s the right person to lead us through the challenging—yet exciting—times ahead. We're lucky to have her, and I’m excited to take on this new era with Veronica at the helm of my Senate team.”


Duron has served as Booker’s legislative director since 2019. Previously, she worked as a senior advisor to Senator Charles Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, advising on matters related to health care, child welfare, and issues related to the Latino/a community. Prior to joining Schumer's office, she was a legislative assistant in the office of US Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D-TX). Duron was a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Public Policy fellow from 2008 to 2009 and was also the President of the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association in 2015 and 2016.  She was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and has a B.A. in Sociology and History from the University of Texas at Austin.


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