Cory Booker Talks Being a Twitter Superhero With Jon Stewart
Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker is in the business of putting superheros to shame.
At least, according to “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart. But few would argue with the hyperbolic statement. The mayor recently went on a “food-stamps diet” to demonstrate solidarity with Americans relying on SNAP benefits, pulled a woman from a burning car and let New Jersey residents affected by Hurricane Sandy live in his home.
“You pull babies out of burning buildings, you have reversed the rotation of the earth to save Lois Lane. How does this happen to you? Do you patrol at night? Are you filming an episode of Cops?” Stewart asks Booker.
To which Booker replies that yes, at one point, he did patrol the streets himself.
It seems the elected official is fine being considered the Clark Kent of the Tri-State Area, as long as he is working to better his community and promote the government’s role in doing so.
Booker tells Stewart that there is an “interdependency” within communities in America and that people often forget that helping each other means helping yourself.
And, just as Superman has his cape and the power to leap tall buildings in a single bound, Booker’s secret weapon is Twitter. With 1.3 million followers, the mayor says the social media network is “another tool to communicate with voters.” And though the open communication channel begets a significant amount of criticism, Booker still believes in its power.
“People will help you help the city,” Booker said, adding he often hears about potholes and water main breaks through Twitter before his own team finds out.
Booker’s name is also thrown around a lot these days in reference to the gubernatorial race as onlookers wonder if he will run against sitting Gov. Chris Christie. Several also question if Booker will run for Senate in 2014 when Frank R. Lautenberg’s term expires.
Christie is “a good friend,” Booker says, but adds they disagree on many policy matters such as the earned-income tax credit. Booker also says that there isn’t enough emphasis on preparing the workforce for the 21st century economy and says investing in infrastructure that leads to a globally competitive education system is the key.
But despite his policies and future plans, Booker is steadfast in his hope: “I will break through your veneer of optimism,” Stewart says, to which Booker responds:
“Our best days are not behind us if we start working together for what we know is right.”