Mayor Cory Booker Receives Jefferson Award

June 23rd, 2010

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WASHINGTON — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Newark Mayor Cory Booker shared a national prize for public service, along with a notable health researcher.

Bloomberg, Booker and 13 others were honored with Jefferson Awards Tuesday night in Washington.

The three-term New York City mayor was cited for his leadership after 9/11 and for his personal philanthropic donations totaling more than $1.4 billion. Booker was cited for working to set a national model with Newark's transformation.

Dr. Paul Farmer was also honored for his work fighting infectious diseases in developing nations.

Awards went to Goodwill CEO Jim Gibbons, Nnamdi Asomugha of the Oakland Raiders and Tyrus Thomas of the Charlotte Bobcats, among others.

The awards were founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

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