Sen. Booker Names New State Director

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) announced Hanna Mori has taken over as his state director, replacing George Helmy who left to become Gov. Phil Murphy’s new chief of staff. A veteran Booker administration staffer, Mori most recently served as the deputy state director. Zachary McCue has been promoted from projects director to replace Mori as deputy state director.

Mori has been a member of Booker’s Senate staff since November 2013. She started her career as an intern at Booker’s nonprofit Newark Now before being recruited by Newark City Hall where she worked in several departments, including the Mayor’s Office, Business Administrator’s Office, Law Department, and the Office of Reentry. In 2013, she joined Booker’s first U.S. Senate campaign where she helped develop his statewide and national policy platforms.

Mori received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill. She is admitted to the bars of New Jersey and New York.

McCue has been a member of Booker’s state staff since 2014, and recently served as projects director overseeing the policy and outreach team with a focus on the environment, energy, transportation, and infrastructure issues. With nearly a decade of experience in federal policy, McCue has served on Gov. Murphy’s Environment and Energy Transition Advisory Committee and previously worked for the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ). He holds a BA in political science from Penn State University.