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  • Cory Booker Pulls Himself from the Political Fire He Started

    Cory BookerA few years ago, the medical community's attention was drawn to the case of Oscar the cat, a resident of a Rhode Island nursing home who had a knack for predicting the deaths of elderly patients. According to the author of an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, Oscar curled up next to the beds of twenty five patients who soon passed away.

    Yet one obvious explanation was missing from all the speculation. Maybe the cat wasn't psychic. Maybe the cat was the killer.

    So it is with Newark Mayor Cory Booker. Perhaps he was in the right place at the right time when he helped chase down an armed robber in 2006. Perhaps Booker's neighbor was lucky that the mayor was there when her home was engulfed in flames.

    Or perhaps Booker was the arsonist.

    An additional piece of evidence bears out this shocking hypothesis. On Sunday, Booker set off a political firestorm when he equated the Obama campaign's broadsides against Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital to conservative attacks on Barack Obama's relationship with Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

    "I'm not about to sit here and indict private equity," you'd have heard Booker say if you'd  downloaded Indecision's Election Companion App for iPhone and iPad and followed our coverage of Meet the Press. "If you look at the totality of Bain Capital's record, it — they've done a lot to support businesses, to grow businesses. And this to me — I'm very uncomfortable."

    "This kind of stuff is nauseating to me on both sides," added the guy who may want to run for governor of a state populated by thousands of financial industry workers. "Stop attacking private equity. Stop attacking Jeremiah Wright. This stuff has got to stop."

    Now that he'd started the fire, it was time to extinguish it, which Booker attempted to do with a YouTube video explaining that he finds it "reasonable — and in fact I encourage it" for the Obama campaign to examine Romney's Bain record…

    It wasn't quite a Romney-esque flip flop — Booker reiterated his "frustration" with negative campaigning. More like pulling his own political career from the flames he'd himself fanned.

    Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images


    Tags: Bain Capital, Barack Obama, Cory Booker, Meet the Press
  • The Chris Christie and Cory Booker Show [VIDEO]

    Newark Mayor Cory Booker's penchant for hands-on and very media-centric governance is bound to get on any political rival's nerves. What kind of Newark resident breaks into a woman's home to save her from enveloping flames?

    It's enough to drive the (Olive) Garden State's other press obsessed elected official, Governor Chris Christie to produce a pretty amusing three-minute video, which was screened last night at the New Jersey Press Association Legislative Correspondents Club Show…

    Kudos to the governor's communications team for the scene in which a baby is dropped from the state capitol balcony only to fall into the waiting arms of Booker, who Tebows the child once it's safely in hand. And credit Christie for his very Newman-esque, "Booker!" response to the mayor's heroics.

    Still, there were some obvious plot holes. For one thing, Booker would not so much as look at a baby without Tweeting about it. Another episode has the governor's SUV blowing a tire on the highway, only to be repaired by the ubiquitous Booker. That's questionable. If New Jersey's public employee unions are to be believed, Christie only travels on Hypocrisy One, the state helicopter powered entirely by the tears of laid off government workers.


    Tags: Chris Christie, Cory Booker, New Jersey
  • Tweet Untweet: The Right to Bear Fire


    Tags: Barack Obama, Cory Booker, Republicans, Tweet Untweet, Twitter
  • Mayor Cory Booker Now Doing All Government Jobs by Himself

    As a city that's suffered from every conceivable symptom of urban decline, Newark, NJ is no stranger to budget deficits, with this year's budget calling for another round of property tax increases and cuts in municipal services. But have no fear, Mayor Cory Booker has come upon a solution to fill the gaps in road maintenance, police coverage and fire protection: he will do all the work by his damn self.

    Booker has already made headlines for giving chase to an armed robber in 2006 and helping to clear snow after a severe storm. Unfortunately, he'll have to take a small break from performing all municipal functions, because he was briefly hospitalized last night with smoke inhalation and second degree burns to his hand, after rescuing a woman from a burning building

    [Newark Fire Chief John] Centanni said the mayor executed a professional rescue and possibly saved the life of one resident.

    After being released from the hospital, Booker recounted his experience at the fire and said he thought he might have to jump out of a window because of the heavy flames…

    "I suddenly had the realization that I can't find this woman." Booker said. "I look behind me and see the flames and I think "I'm not going to get out of here. Suddenly I was at peace with the fact that I was going to jump out the window."

    Then he heard her cries in a back bedroom.

    "I just grabbed her and whipped her out of the bed," Booker said. The two made their way downstairs, where they both collapsed, Booker said.

    It's all very impressive, and the woman is now listed in stable condition, but I can't help but think Governor Chris Christie could have berated the fire until it went out. Plus, we'd have a cool Youtube video to show for it.

    Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images


    Tags: Chris Christie, Cory Booker, New Jersey
  • Congratulations Newark, NJ for Going a Whole Calendar Month Without Killing Each Other

    We did not at all think knew you could do it!

    For the first time in more than 40 years, an entire calendar month has come and gone without a homicide in the state’s largest city. It's been 32 days since a homicide took place in Newark, marking the first time there has been a slay-free calendar month in the city since 1966.

    Mayor Cory Booker proudly announced his city's achievement on Twitter as soon as it was official

    I'm from New Jersey, so I know as well as anyone that you've got to take your little victories as they come.

    Speaking of which, I have now gone an entire calendar month without waking up in the middle of the night to vomit blood. (I've just been sleeping right through it. So much more restful.)


    Tags: Cory Booker, Crime, New Jersey