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October 21, 2013
Good news: In what may be his last high-profile move as Newark’s mayor, Senator-elect Cory Booker (D-NJ) married a number of couples in the city early this morning, as same-sex marriages are now legal in the state.
Bad news: When asked if there were any objections to the union, a protester loudly shouted, “This is unlawful in the eyes of God and Jesus Christ.”
Better news: The protester was escorted out and the marriages went along as planned. (photo by John Munson/The Star-Ledger)

Good news: In what may be his last high-profile move as Newark’s mayor, Senator-elect Cory Booker (D-NJ) married a number of couples in the city early this morning, as same-sex marriages are now legal in the state.

Bad news: When asked if there were any objections to the union, a protester loudly shouted, “This is unlawful in the eyes of God and Jesus Christ.”

Better news: The protester was escorted out and the marriages went along as planned. (photo by John Munson/The Star-Ledger)

2:38 // 10 months ago
October 16, 2013
The Associated Press has called the special Senate race in New Jersey, and it appears that Cory Booker is Washington-bound. Booker was challenged by Republican opponent Steve Lonegan, who was at all times a clear-cut longshot to topple the highly-visible Newark mayor. Those odds weren’t helped by a top aide delivering a bizarre, sexist diatribe in the run-up to the election, but it really didn’t matter in the outcome — Cory Booker has been the hot pick to ascend to national Democratic politics for years now, and that transition is finally taking place. (Photo by veni markovski) source

The Associated Press has called the special Senate race in New Jersey, and it appears that Cory Booker is Washington-bound. Booker was challenged by Republican opponent Steve Lonegan, who was at all times a clear-cut longshot to topple the highly-visible Newark mayor. Those odds weren’t helped by a top aide delivering a bizarre, sexist diatribe in the run-up to the election, but it really didn’t matter in the outcome — Cory Booker has been the hot pick to ascend to national Democratic politics for years now, and that transition is finally taking place. (Photo by veni markovski) source

21:59 // 10 months ago
October 11, 2013
19:45 // 10 months ago
August 28, 2013

The depressing evolution of the “Cory Booker might be gay” meme

  • Monday “People who think I’m gay, some part of me thinks it’s wonderful, because I want to challenge people on their homophobia,” Booker told the Washington Post. “I love seeing on Twitter when someone says I’m gay, and I say, ‘So what does it matter if I am? So be it.’”
  • Tuesday “It’s kind of weird. As a guy, I personally like being a guy,” Booker’s Republican Senate opponent, Steve Lonegan, stated in the kind of comment you want to never read again. “I don’t know if you saw the stories last year. They’ve been out for quite a bit about how he likes to go out at three o’clock in the morning for a manicure and a pedicure.”
  • Wednesday Newly besieged by questions on the issue because his opponent is a jerk, Booker said this: “I don’t intend to answer. It should not matter. That was my point.”
20:23 // 1 year ago
June 6, 2013
Here we are talking about the post-Obama world, and where the Obama coalition is going to go. We think that Cory [Booker] is one of the people who is best positioned to advance that movement.
Steve Phillips, founder of Pac Plus, a progressive SF-based super PAC. There is a recognition amongst Democratic and progressive operatives that the Obama coalition won’t necessarily make it to the polls for every future Democratic candidate, and that if the left wants continue to utilize that coalition, it will have to be intentional and thoughtful with regard to which progressives it supports. Pac Plus is going to pour between $1 and $2 million to help elect Booker to the recently-vacated senate seat in New Jersey, which will be filled via a special election this October.  source
18:26 // 1 year ago
September 4, 2012
Our platform calls for a balanced deficit reduction plan where everyone, from elected leaders to the wealthy and super-wealthy, pay their fair share. And when your country is in a costly war, with our soldiers sacrificing abroad and our nation facing a debt crisis at home, being asked to pay your fair share isn’t class warfare; its patriotism.
Newark’s Mayor Cory Booker • Delivering a speech to the Democratic National Convention tonight,  in an adamant and impassioned style that provoked chants of both “USA, USA!” and “CORY, CORY!” The speech drew no comparisons between the President and his GOP rival Mitt Romney, and that’s not surprising – the Cory Booker political brand, much like Obama himself while a candidate in 2008, is built on a relentless positivity. There are plenty of Democratic figures who will make pointed attacks on Romney, but that wasn’t Booker’s role. Rather, his job was to deliver an affirmative speech, and launch the convention with a little electricity. source
19:34 // 1 year ago
July 1, 2012
17:47 // 2 years ago
May 16, 2012

theatlantic:

Video of the Day: Chris Christie and Cory Booker Team Up

Two of America’s most charismatic and easily caricatured politicians have teamed up to poke fun at themselves: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Cory Booker. The Seinfeld-themed video makes sport of the frequent speculation that Christie is a potential Republican vice-presidential nominee as well as Booker’s extramayoral heroics, from rushing into burning buildings to shoveling residents’ sidewalks.

We won’t ruin the surprise, but it’s worth sticking with it until the end.

In which two of Jersey’s brightest look in the mirror.

12:00 // 2 years ago
April 13, 2012
Cory Booker on his rescue efforts: ”I’m now an out-of-shape 42-year-old man. In fact I was chiseled, now I just jiggle.” He had to fight off a detective to go into the building. Note his hand is broken injured. (Live video here; edit for clarity)

Cory Booker on his rescue efforts: ”I’m now an out-of-shape 42-year-old man. In fact I was chiseled, now I just jiggle.” He had to fight off a detective to go into the building. Note his hand is broken injured. (Live video here; edit for clarity)

10:09 // 2 years ago

In which we defend Cory Booker’s honor

ivixxciii says: that does not qualify him to be a president. only a fireman, a courage award recipient, a nice guy.

» SFB says: We weren’t saying that this incident qualified him to be president. Rather, everything else he’s done would. He’s had an air of presidential speculation about him for years. In fact, Time Magazine wrote an article with just this premise back in 2009, before he saved any women from burning buildings. But, thus far, he’s been content with being mayor of Newark. Just because he saved a woman from a burning building doesn’t mean that this speculation is null and void. Either way, Cory Booker is awesome. — Ernie @ SFB

(Source: joshsternberg, via serendipitopia)

9:57 // 2 years ago