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Cory Booker – America’s Mayor

If you read the blog or my twitter feed you know by now that I am a big Cory Booker guy. He has done a great job as Mayor of Newark, NJ by actually stepping out in the community and making a difference.

In an era where politicians like Sarah Palin will do anything to get the camera on themselves, Cory Booker provides a refreshing change of pace. In an era when candidates for the US Senate don’t know important things like the minimum wage, Cory Booker provides something different. In an era when phonies like Sarah Palin visit areas struck by disaster to pad their resumes, Cory Booker actually goes into and makes a difference in his community. While our Governor was at Disney World as the blizzard struck (the Lieutenant Governor is also out of town), Cory Booker was out shoveling peoples driveways.

A blizzard isn’t the only time you’ll see Cory Booker keeping the public informed via twitter. He routinely makes patrol trips at night with the Newark Police Department. Some may call this a publicity stunt ahead of possible runs for Governor or Senator but there is no camera following him around. I’ve been watching blizzard coverage on the news the last two days and have not heard one mention of Cory Booker.

Don’t get me wrong, I have no problems with Chris Christie going on vacation, I do have a problem with Lieutenant Governor being out of the state at the same time. This is the time first New Jersey has had a Lieutenant Governor but something like this makes me wonder why we created the new office if situations like this are still coming up?

There are some who are comparing Christie’s handling of this storm to that of New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay during the storm of February 1969.

Cory Booker’s twitter feed is a must read on an average day but when something like a blizzard strikes his community it becomes even more impressive. Mayor Booker has a great personality that he displayed on the national stage during his “feud” with Conan O’Brien.

New Jersey (and America) needs Cory Booker for Governor in 2013 or Senate in 2014.

Edit: NBC Nightly News reported on Cory Booker’s work tonight.

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Brick City

Cory Booker is awesome

Have I ever mentioned that Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, New Jersey is awesome? Yes, I believe I have.

For those who are not familiar with him, you should read up on the man. He’s definitely a rising star in the Democratic Party. He will be either the next Governor from NJ or the next Senator. One way or the other you will be hearing a lot of him if you haven’t already. He is without a doubt one of the finest mayors in the country. He turned down a job in the Obama White House. He has been a big part of the major transformation the the “Brick City” has taken over the past few years. He goes out on night patrol in the community with the Newark Police Department and personally sees to it that there is positive change in his Newark.

This New Year’s Day he once again proved why he is not like any other politician. He went out and shoveled snow for the elderly. Is it a nice political photo-op? Sure, it could be. But honestly I hadn’t seen it in any news up until I saw this CNN article. Once again a job well done Mr. Mayor. If you haven’t been following the Mayor on twitter, do so now?

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New Jersey voters failed themselves today

This New Jersey Governor’s election result is a disaster on so many levels. Nationally you’ll hear this being a referendum on Obama when it clearly wasn’t. New Jersey voters did what ignorant voters often do; vote out the incumbent without thinking of what the alternative is. Corzine hasn’t been popular but yet again the electorate failed to see the consequences of their vote. It was easy voting out Corzine over the last 4 years but unfortunately New Jersey didn’t think about the next 4 years. There are 4 scheduled openings on the New Jersey Supreme Court in next 4 years thanks to New Jersey’s mandatory retirement age. Yes, Chris Christie gets to fill those. This is a potential disaster waiting to happen. I don’t trust Christie at all on social issues. New Jersey has an 85 year old Senator in Frank Lautenberg who didn’t look well at a recent event I attended. I thought he would retire if Corzine won and let him pick someone to replace him….unfortunately Chris Christie would fill that opening now.

A couple of quick closing thoughts as the work begins again. Is Cory Booker going to run in 2013 for Governor or will he hold off for a Senate Run in 2014? Is Jon Corzine headed to D.C to work in the Obama administration?

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Obama/Corzine (09!) Rally in Newark

The Prudential Center in Newark, NJ was buzzing today. It was a buzz I’m sure has never been present for any New Jersey Devils game….ever. Today was not your typical Sunday in Newark though. Barack Obama was back in New Jersey to campaign for Governor Jon Corzine’s reelection.

I’ve been spoiled recently with all the great seats at these rallies here in New Jersey so today felt like I was sitting a long way away. We were up in the nosebleed section but managed to work our way down to the lower level unfortunately just now close enough to get a better view. What made it even worse was that it appeared as though they took people from the nosebleed section and brought them down right in front of the stage moments before Governor Corzine and President Obama took the stage. I got there around 9:30 and got a decent enough spot in line. Gates opened at 11:30 AM. This was the 2nd event of the day schdeduled in New Jersey for Obama and Corzine yet Obama hadn’t even left Washington yet. I had figured we’d be there for a while.

The event itself seemed to go by a lot quicker compared to other recent events. We didn’t have as many local speakers so that definitely helped with the pace. The event just started abruptly. The national anthem was already a couple of verses in before the crowd got up. There was no announcement made asking everyone to stand as it is usually done. Three congressmen spoke but the crowd didn’t care much at all even when they were using Obama campaign slogans of “Fired Up!” and “Yes we Can.” The last congressman Frank Pallone introduced Loretta Weinberg who interestingly enough was at the event early. Was she not at the Camden event?

Loretta Weinberg used the same themes as her speeches last week as the rallies last week. He speech centered around the diverse crowd and how it reflected the Democrats. Senator Weinberg also referred to Christie as a “pretender” adding that he was “trying to sell himself as an agent of change”. The Senator went on to add that if Christie wants to talk change he should come to her because she “broke more glass ceilings than Chris Christie has had automobile accidents….and that’s not easy”. Ouch! This of course is a knock on Chris Christie’s driving record. I was going to add that unlike the events of last week we got no mentions of Sarah Palin or Mark Sanford. Why did they drop that? I thought it was a pretty effective attack on Christie.

Up next was Mayor Cory Booker of Newark. I assumed he was there to introduce Jon Corzine but I was wrong. If you haven’t heard him speak you definitely should. He’s going to be next Senator (once Lautenberg retires) or next Governor from New Jersey. Doesn’t hurt that Barack Obama seems to be a fan as he mentions him at all his New Jersey stops. This is a mayor who has done great work in Newark. This is a mayor who actually goes on patrol with the city’s cops at night actually being in touch with what is going on in the streets of his city. Not to anyone’s surprise he got a louder cheer at this rally than Governor Corzine. Cory Booker joined a long list of people who’ve pitched Jon Corzine in a better fashion then John Corzine. Booker spoke with his usual optimism adding “Yes We Can in Washington!….Yes We Can in Trenton!….Yes We Can in Newark!….Yes We Can!” Cory Booker rallied the crowd to stand behind Barack Obama and Jon Corzine in these tough times.

While Jon Corzine was having this big rally Chris Christie had Joe “You Lie” Wilson campaigning on his behalf.

When Jon Corzine didn’t immediately take stage following Cory Booker’s speech I figured another last minute addition had been to this event like the Caroline Kennedy addition at the FDU event last week. No such luck this time.

Crowd was fired up during this long pause. This DJ did a great job getting the crowd fired up just as he did at the Obama and Biden rallies last week here in NJ. There was actually an attempted wave. That one just confused me.

Governor Corzine referred to this as a “victory rally”. He once again referred to the diverse crowd. He reminded everyone (just in case we had forgotten) that a year ago at the polls we said “Yes We Can!” Corzine added that just like President Obama he believes that “Health Care is a right and not a privilege.” Corzine emphasized that “Christie is wrong where it matters most.” The Governor hit his opponent hard on education and healthcare. Chris Christie’s comments about pre-school being “babysitting” keeps hurting him as every speaker at every rally I’ve been at has mentioned it. Corzine referred to himself in 3rd person a couple of times which was awkward. Corzine made sure to mention that Chris Christie was campaigning today with the “extremist” Joe Wilson of South Carolina.

Has anyone heard an official attendance number from this rally? Someone mentioned to be that White House Officials said 12,000. I saw Corzine people say 13,500. I had estimated a crowd of around 10,000 from how packed the arena was.

The ovation for Barack Obama was just huge. New Jersey loves Barack Obama. Phil Elliot of the Associated Press compared the crowd noise to the 2008 campaign crowds. Barack Obama started by saying that he was back as he promised and that “they” couldn’t keep him away. Was that a dig at the recent GOP comments from Christie people saying Obama visits aren’t helping Corzine? Obama pointed out “one of the finest mayors in the country Cory Booker is in the house.” Obama went after Christie saying he acts as though New Jersey is the only state effected by the recession. Obama pointed out that recession didn’t start under his watch. Obama talked about the selective memory and amnesia about how we got into this mess. The President said that “we don’t mind cleaning up after someone else’s mess.” Obama brought out the “mop” portion of speech too. Implying that if GOP wouldn’t help clean the least they could do was not complain about “how we’re holding the mop.” One thing about Obama that I’ve noticed, he responds to every single “I love you Obama!” each and every time. Obama pointed out that Governor is the first NJ Governor in 60 years to reduce size of government in state. Obama said to not worry about political nonsense in ads and to look at the actual record. Obama said Corzine had been prudent with spending. He applauded Corzine’s expansion of children health insurance and added that the other guy has nothing to say on health care. Obama ended with an abbreviated version of the “fired up” story. Does anyone know if it was because the congressman beat the story to death before Obama even got to the event?

Full transcript of Obama’s speech.


Earlier in the day President Obama also campaigned for Jon Corzine in Camden.

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Cory Booker is awesome

Not that people from NJ don’t know this already but Mayor Cory Booker of New Jersey is a fast rising political star in this country. There is no doubt in my mind he is going to run for higher office one day, I think the Senate once Lautenberg steps aside will definitely be an option. He’s doing great work in Newark and having fun doing it. Great to see that from a political figure.

Check out this clip.

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