Booker was among short list of VP candidates

The Democratic legislator from New Jersey tells GDNY he was among the finalists in the search for a vice presidential running mate for Hillary Clinton.

- The crowd at the Democratic National Convention went wild during Sen. Cory Booker's speech Monday night in Philadelphia.

Many agree Booker delivered a phenomenal address despite not getting the job as Vice Presidential nominee.

 "Yes, it is true," Booker told Good Day New York.

The New Jersey native acknowledged he was among the finalists during Hillary Clinton's vetting process for a running mate.

"It was incredibly intense and very secretive. I couldn't even tell my mother about it. What a privilege to sit with the Secretary and sit with her team, go through that process. I feel incredibly blessed to be even considered. To get down to that short list is an honor I couldn't have even imagined a few years ago," said Booker.

The very intimate conversations were also "very intrusive."

"They looked at every area of my life," said Booker.

The rising star of the Democratic party says he feels he ultimately lost out to Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, in part, because of the imbalance his leaving the Senate would have had on the party.

"This is one of the biggest things. My brother Chris Christie, he is a friend, he is governor, and if I left the Senate he would replace me with a Republican and in a tight Senate that could go either way I think that was a big challenge," said Booker.

The former mayor of Newark praised Kaine as a unifier who leads a weekly prayer service for Senate Democrats.

The vetting process also enhanced his opinion of presidential nominee Clinton.

"We talked about how the process deepened our appreciation for each other. I have come to love and respect her," said Booker.

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