Paterson, NJ – U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) joined Paterson Mayor André Sayegh, Councilman Alaa Abdelaziz, and elected officials on Monday to visit Muslim-owned small businesses in Paterson, including a community pharmacy that offered testing and vaccines to the public during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The visit comes just weeks after Booker introduced a resolution celebrating the achievements of Muslims living in the United States and designating July as Muslim-American Heritage Month.

 “Last month, I was proud to introduce a resolution that recognized the diverse contributions that Muslim Americans have made to American life,” said Sen. Booker. “The Muslim-owned small businesses in the heart of Paterson offer powerful examples of these contributions. The owners, employees, and community leaders I met strengthen our local economy, perform essential work in the community, and add to the richness and vibrancy of our state.”

 “Thank you to Senator Cory Booker for visiting our small businesses here in Paterson,” said Mayor André Sayegh. “As a former big city Mayor, Senator Booker understands and appreciates the importance of growing our small business community.”

 “It was great having Senator Booker in the 6th Ward visiting with Muslim small business owners,” said Councilman Alaa Abdelaziz. “Community-owned small businesses are the backbone of our city’s economy and provide essential services and local jobs.”

The event was part of Booker’s 2022 Jersey Summer Road Trip, a series of stops highlighting the priorities he continues to fight for in the U.S. Senate on behalf of the state’s residents. The road trip will focus on Booker’s ongoing commitment to serving New Jersey’s veterans, his efforts to secure congressionally directed spending for critical New Jersey projects and organizations, and his support of local businesses and industries, among other things.

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