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Camden NJ, A man accused of leaving a threatening voicemail for US Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey would face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted. Ricky Lynn Simmons was charged with one count of interstate communication with threat to injure, according to an indictment unsealed January 14 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Authorities said Simmons called Booker’s office in Camden County on October 26, left a message threatening to put a gun in the senator’s face and used racial slurs. In October, Booker was one of several Democratic figures mailed packages containing an improvised explosive device. The package addressed to Booker’s Camden office was intercepted at a South Florida mail-sorting facility. A Florida man was charged.