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Cory Booker Saves Woman

April 13, 2012 by staff 

Cory Booker Saves Woman, The Newark, N.J., mayor — already lionized in some corners for his good deeds — added to his list of praiseworthy actions on Thursday night when he raced into a burning home to help save a woman trapped inside. The woman, who suffered second-degree burns on her neck and back, is reported to be in stable condition. Booker got away with only minor burns and smoke inhalation. And, of course, his heroics exploded into a national story overnight.

At one point Friday morning, “Cory Booker” was the most-searched term on Google this morning as the public tries to learn the details of Booker’s heroics. NPR has crowned him “today’s hero.” And over on Twitter, the story has taken on a humorous life of its own, with social media types trying to outdo themselves with made-up #corybookerstories. (Example: “When Chuck Norris has nightmares, Cory Booker turns on the light & sits with him until he falls back asleep.”)

A rising star in the Democratic Party, Booker, 42, is considered a possible gubernatorial candidate in next year’s race. The elected leader of New Jersey’s largest city — one that battles chronic problems such as crime, drugs and violence — Booker has been praised for actions that have had a way of grabbing the limelight.

After his election, instead of living in posh, mayorly quarters, he continued to live in one of the most impoverished neighborhoods in the city to better stay connected with the people. During a 2010 blizzard that paralyzed the city, Booker grabbed a shovel and got to work. And when late-night talk show host Conan O’Brien began taking potshots at Newark, Booker turned the joke back on O’Brien, banning him from using Newark Liberty International Airport and demanding a public apology. The running “feud” ended when Booker made an appearance on the show to patch things up.

A Rhodes scholar with degrees from Yale, Stanford and Oxford, the social media-savvy Booker has also been interviewed by Oprah, who wanted to know all about his unorthodox approach to caring for his constituents.

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