April 14th, 2012
09:53 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Cory Booker, Newark's 'super' mayor

This week, Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Cory Booker rushed into a burning building to rescue a neighbor.  That wasn't the first time Booker has gone above and beyond the standard mayoral duties for his constituents.  You Gotta Watch Brick City's leader at work.

Mayor Cory Booker's 'superhero' moment

Booker and members of his security detail talk to CNN's Mary Snow about how they helped save Booker's neighbor from a burning building.

2011: Mayor Booker's door-to-door warning

When Hurricane Irene swept up the East Coast last fall, Mayor Booker didn't stick to giving televised updates from a command center. He went door to door to warn residents to leave. Here, he tells CNN why he hit the streets along with emergency workers.

2010: Newark mayor digs out

He even uses Twitter for more than mere communication. During a 2010 snowstorm, he took pleas for help and dispatched crews to dig out snowed in Newarkers. Of course, he didn't stay in an office; he picked up a shovel and started digging.

2009: Changing 'Brick City'

Booker has done all of this while trying to turn around a very troubled city. In 2009, he allowed in cameras to follow him and see what Newark residents were doing to change their city. He and director Forest Whittaker talked to CNN about the documentary "Brick City."

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  1. keefolderdink

    this guy is a phony,been so fo many years.this is another jiveasse photo op for this jiveasse...politician.

    April 14, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • columbiagrad


      April 14, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      how is running into a burning building to rescue someone "phony" or just for a photo op?

      April 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • BenJammin

      So what you're saying is that the fire was fake? Dude, it's one thing to dislike a person. However, your comment alone is enough to prove that you would have been the coward that sat outside and watched her die.

      April 14, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. harvey

    I don't know this guy's politics. However, in a world where politicians seem disinterested in anything but their own advancement, we now know there is at least one who has demonstrated that he cares about others,

    April 14, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RealDeal

    "this guy is a phony,been so fo many years.this is another jiveasse photo op for this jiveasse...politician"

    kee folderdick: You probably would've crapped your pants at the thought of going into burning house.

    April 14, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    When a person has to BOAST about their actions, it only shows them for what they really are. *Self-absorbed*

    April 14, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matthew says...

      Do not judge and criticize and condemn others, so you may not be judged and criticized and condemned yourself.

      April 15, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*s kel

      This is to Mary and keefolder, as a Firefighter whos been in Cory Bookers situation a few times in a fire, once off duty going into a burning house with no gear in which three persons died, I feel exactually what hes going thru. Your thankful but dont feel heroic and you are embarrsed and a little sick but at the same time glad to be called a HERO. I got a medal for what I did and can look back on that. Worthless do nothing Trolls like you two just need to shut up and at least acknowledge what this public servent did along with the two bodyguards with him.

      April 15, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bill

    right. so quick to criticize. and yet the guy still does good things for other people in his position. i would venture to guess not too many of you have run into a burning building to save someone.

    April 14, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Michael

    The Obama campaign returned $200000 to the brother of a Mexican fugitive. Now ask yourself this: why on earth would he give Obama that kind of money?

    April 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sparky

    you can bet the insect repukes don't like this

    April 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. FloridaREVISITED


    The Obama campaign returned $200000 to the brother of a Mexican fugitive. Now ask yourself this: why on earth would he give Obama that kind of money?

    EASY > SO I COULD COME HERE and humiliate you and the OBSOLETE RON PAUL Internet for "children" !!!! 🙂

    April 14, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ann Henderson

    Is he interested in running for president? Might be nice if he is a republican. He seems in touch with people, unlike Romney.

    April 14, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    @ bill, EXACTLY! And he still keeps saying hes not a hero, so doesnt sound to me like hes *boasting* at all. Just sounds like someone is a little jealous because they dont do unselfish acts!

    April 14, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jesse Robinson

    Cory Booker for President!!!!

    April 14, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |

    catch u guys, i wil be ready 4 it.

    April 14, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. fernace

    Cory Booker has done many good deeds in his city, that has Not been reported by the national media! He truly seems to take his Public Service job seriously! When people wanted to call him SuperMayor for saving his neighbor from her burning house, he quickly pointed to Police officers & Firefighters as real Everyday heroes! He said he just did what he was compelled to do, as a neighbor! Mr. Booker is putting our National politicians to shame, because this is what a true public servant should be about! I don't expect them all to be running into burning buildings, but they certainly need to cra.nk up the Care Meter!!

    April 14, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Flip Flop Mittens

    Sorry, but Booker is a Democrat. A Republican responds to a house fire by attempting to take out insurance on the resident asap.

    April 14, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • minerva

      Sorry, Flip, A Republican tries to find a way to cancel the insurance policy and avoid a payout.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Actually, a republican takes out the insurance policy, bundles it with 100 others, sells the bundle to pension funds in tranches, and only then allows the insurance policy to be cancelled.

      April 15, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. portland tony

    Brave men and women perform acts of heroism everyday. Firefighters, police EMTs, teachers, plumbers, soldiers, truck drivers etc..We don't hear about them because the national media just can't cover them all. But calling an individual a "Super" mayor, because of a brave act on the part of a politician, is just plain inane. He could be the worst mayor in the world. Probably not...but an act of bravery by itself...doesn't make a Superman?

    April 14, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • minerva

      Booker has a history of going above and beyond his job description. Within weeks of being sworn in, he chased down a bank robber. He also dug out people during a snowstorm, and went door-to-door during Hurricane Irene to try and get people to evacuate. There's no such thing as a "superman," but a politician with a hands-on approach is a breath of fresh air.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • portland tony

      @minerva ...My point was not about Mr. Booker at all. From what I've read, he is a good man who cares about his fellow citizens and just happens to be a politician. My complaint was actually directed toward the press who have a tendency to overuse superlatives and inflated adjectives when describing a brave act by a consciousness average "Joe" who
      just happened to be the town's

      April 15, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • portland tony

      My bad: Conscientious not consciousness

      April 15, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
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