As his name is mentioned among potential presidential contenders, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker has put his faith at the center of his speeches and his political persona. The 49-year-old Democrat sat down with Religion News Service reporter Jack Jenkins in early October at the senator’s Washington, D.C., office to talk about religion, politics and the intersection of the two. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.* * *Jack Jenkins: You were raised in an African Methodist Episcopal church and now you go to a Baptist church. How did you get from where you grew up to now with your faith?Sen. Cory Booker: I was raised within a very religious family, in a small church in Closter, New Jersey, very much in the black church tradition. A lot of my life has been governed by the values from my faith. I think that faith without works is dead, and it’s really at the center of what motivates me on a lot of the major decisions I’ve made in my life.