Cory Booker is the man. Despite politics being one of my favorite topics, I resist posting on it because it is so polarizing. Cory Booker, current Mayor of Newark, NJ, is enough to make me break my rule. He seems to be a genuine, brilliant, and inspiring guy. He’s also incredibly pragmatic: almost every one of his policy positions, I agree with.
Cory in a nutshell: from NJ, football scholarship to Stanford, Rhodes Scholar, then Yale Law. Returned to NJ and ran for Newark City Council. Newark is one of the most corrupt and crime-ridden cities in America. He moved into the Projects so he could be close to how his people live. He went on a 10-day hunger strike and lived in a tent in front of one of the most blatant open-air drug dealing areas. He also lived in a motor-home for almost 6 months in known drug trafficking corners to highlight how blatant it all was. He ran for Mayor and lost in an ugly election. There’s a great documentary on it called “Street Fight” that shows the struggle. Undaunted, he ran again, and is currently Mayor of Newark.
Anyway, if you have some time, there is a great video interview of him at the recent New Yorker conference here. I say it’s a must watch.
4/30/13 – Hasn’t changed. Still love Cory.