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Report: Damon, Affleck Set To Host Fundraiser For Cory Booker

Hollywood Event To Be Held At Home Of Business Magnate, Report Says
Newark Mayor Cory Booker  (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Getty Images)

Newark Mayor Cory Booker (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Matt Damon and Ben Affleck will be among the headliners for a Hollywood fundraiser on behalf of New Jersey U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker, according to a published report.

The Sept. 9 fundraiser will be held at the home of business mogul Ron Burkle, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Damon and Affleck will co-host the event, along with Jennifer Garner, Jerry Weintraub, JJ Abrams and wife Katie McGrath, Michael Eisner, Troy Carter, Ted Sarandos, and Nicole Avant, the report said.

Tickets will run from $1,000 to $10,000, the report said.

Booker, a Democrat, and will face Republican Steve Lonegan in the special general election October.

President Barack Obama offered his endorsement of Booker last week.

Cory Booker has dedicated his life to the work of building hope and opportunity in communities where too little of either existed. Whether as a college student working in East Palo Alto or as mayor of New Jersey’s largest city, Cory has time and again taken on tough challenges, fought for the middle class and those working to join it, and forged coalitions that create progress — and that’s the spirit he’ll carry with him to Washington,” President Obama said in a statement.

A special election was called after longtime Sen. Frank Lautenberg died in office in June. Gov. Chris Christie appointed former state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa to temporarily fill the seat until a special election could be held.

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