After two decades of being vegetarian, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is making the leap to veganism—and is happy to share it with the world. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Booker says “I want to try to live my own values as consciously and purposefully as I can. Being vegan for me is a cleaner way of not participating in practices that don’t align with my values.” Citing the treatment of animals, how food is produced, and health concerns, Booker first committed to going vegan until the end of the year, but is now professing to Twitter followers that he may keep it going. The former Newark, NJ mayor-turned-United States Senator is known for his progressive politics, helping animals and people in need alike. Regarding his decision to eschew all animal products, he says “There’s too much judgment out there. Really what we need to be doing is just all of us finding our own paths towards living the best lives we can live as clearly and boldly in accordance with our own personal values. And that’s what I’m trying to do.”
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