Jon Bon Jovi, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy Among Those Who Raised $50K for Cory Booker

Jon Bon Jovi and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy have donated at least $50,000 to Senator Cory Booker's presidential campaign, NJ.com reported Saturday.

The rock star and the governor are two of 116 other donors who have raised about $50,000 for the Democratic candidate's White House bid. The list also includes Hoboken Mayor Ravinder Bhalla and Bob Menendez, Booker's fellow Senate colleague from the Garden State.

Bon Jovi and Murphy teamed up to host a massive fundraiser at a private residence in Red Bank, NJ, according to New Jersey radio station 101.5. The invitation listed three different levels of tickets, including $1,000 for the cocktail reception; $2,800 for the reception and a photo with Booker; and $28,000 for the reception, a photo and dinner.

The "Livin' On a Prayer" singer also penned an e-mail blast that asked supporters to donate to Booker's campaign. "I believe we need to respond with a strong call for unity and a renewed sense of shared purpose," Bon Jovi wrote. "I can think of anyone better than Cory Booker to rise to the challenge. He is the right leader for this moment." In the email, the musician also referred to Booker as a friend. "I'm lucky to call him a friend, and all of us would be lucky to call him our president."

Bon Jovi worked with Booker long before his presidential bid. In 2016, Booker recounted working with the rocker when he was the mayor of Newark. "When I was mayor, Jon helped to build a lot of homes in Newark, including a lot of supportive housing for people with HIV and AIDS. I talk to policy people in housing-he's probably one of the most knowledgeable people I know about housing. He's so loyal to New Jersey in a quiet way that people don't know, helping thousands and thousands of people," Booker told the USA Today network.

Murphy campaigned for his fellow Jersey politician. In September, he told NJ.com that Booker is the "next President of the United States" and "the logical guy to pick up that slack," when someone stumbles. "New Jersey is the most incredible state in the United States. We're the most diverse. We take fastballs to our chin morning, noon, and night," he said. "We've got resilience, attitude, smarts, and no one exemplifies that more than Cory Booker."

Booker also campaigned for Murphy in 2016. In a speech shared by Murphy's Facebook page, Booker called Murphy "the man that is ready to take on the challenges of Republicans in November and to stand boldly and strongly when we win the governor's seat back in New Jersey."

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HELP USA President Laurence Belinsky, City of Newark Mayor Cory Booker and musician Jon Bon Jovi attends the opening of affordable housing funded through Bon Jovi's JBJ Soul Foundation on December 8, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. Bon Jovi is one of Booker's top donors during his current presidential campaign. Mike Coppola/Getty
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