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July 29, 2013 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
NEWARK, N.J. - In seven years as mayor, Cory Booker has added touches of luster here in the Brick City. Amid still-gritty streets, he has brought name-brand businesses and restaurants, loft apartments, and a glass office tower. His wealthy admirers are writing checks to city causes, and last year British Prime Minister David Cameron visited to glean ideas for reviving rusted industrial cities. But in any close analysis of Newark's famous mayor, a fundamental question looms: Behind the undeniable flash, is there deep-rooted substance to match?
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August 8, 2013 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Last in a series of profiles of New Jersey's U.S. Senate candidates. Cory Booker, seeking his first political office, was not quite 29 when he told his hometown newspaper, "I'm the most ambitious person you'd ever meet. " He has lived up to those words, spoken to the Newark Star-Ledger in early 1998. Booker, a former Stanford University football player who then studied at Oxford and got a law degree from Yale, won a Newark City Council seat that year, knocking out an old-guard incumbent in a race that then-Mayor Sharpe James described as the Rhodes scholar vs. "the road scholar.
NEWS
December 12, 2014
CORY BOOKER is known for blazing his own trail, jumping into the national spotlight as mayor of Newark, then winning a 2013 special election to become the first black U.S. senator from New Jersey. Booker won a full term last month and, since that day, the vegetarian since 1992 has been conducting an "experiment" to eat strictly vegan for the rest of 2014. After that, who knows? He could become the first vegan U.S. senator. The day he tweeted his intentions was the same day that Center City vegan restaurant Vedge was named "Top Food" in Zagat's new Philadelphia Restaurant Survey.
NEWS
June 9, 2013 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Cory Booker is in. The Newark mayor with a national profile will run for New Jersey's open U.S. Senate seat. Booker announced his candidacy Saturday in Newark. His plan to run was confirmed by a campaign aide Friday. His announcement follows a long-expected bid to formally enter national politics. Booker, a Democrat, planned two Saturday events to make an official announcement, one in Newark and the other Saturday afternoon in Willingboro. To most political observers, the well-known mayor has been seen for months as the favorite to replace Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, who had announced he would not seek a new term and who died Monday.
NEWS
May 25, 2012 | Inquirer Editorial
Cory Booker must feel like the halfback who finally gets to play in the big game — and fumbles the football. But he will get other chances. The Newark mayor's inarticulate handling of a Meet the Press question Sunday about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's prior career with the Bain Capital private equity firm was painful to watch, but not fatal. Since he was President Obama's surrogate, it was surprising that Booker seemed to defend Romney, saying he disagreed with Obama ads that appear to equate private equity firms with evil incarnate.
NEWS
July 6, 2013 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - For months, political operatives whispered that Cory Booker had an Achilles' heel. The Newark mayor has a national name, they said, but his headline-making exploits have come at the expense of building ties to New Jersey's Democratic elite. But when the state's Senate race began, and party leaders had to pick between Booker and three faithful lawmakers with more than 60 years of service among them, the biggest Democratic names piled onto Booker's bandwagon, including many who once stood in his way. Booker's star power, according to Democrats speaking on and off the record, has trumped more traditional dues-paying politics, allowing him to hurtle past his rivals.
NEWS
April 2, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Even as the national GOP works to take control of the Senate in November's midterm elections - and high-profile challengers crop up in states that had seemed out of play - New Jersey's top Republican political talent is passing on a chance to try to take out U.S. Sen. Cory A. Booker. In last fall's special Senate election, Booker won a closer-than-expected race against Republican Steve Lonegan, whose campaign attracted support from conservative heros such as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.
NEWS
January 13, 2013 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The shadow campaign between Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker and U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg just went into full swing, even if the real matchup may never happen. Neither Democrat has officially said whether he will run in 2014, when Lautenberg's Senate term ends, but reports and rumors flew Friday after Booker filed papers moving him closer to an expected campaign. A report from WNBC-TV in New York City said Lautenberg, who turns 89 this month, had decided not to seek another term, but a spokesman for the senator quickly denied that.
NEWS
May 6, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
NEWARK, N.J. - On one level, the race to succeed U.S. Sen. Cory Booker as mayor of New Jersey's largest city is a local political contest with the candidates debating issues familiar to urban America: intractable violent crime, a struggling school district challenged by charter schools, a perpetual battle to attract development and create jobs. Behind the scenes, though, the May 13 nonpartisan election is shaping up as a battleground for a bigger prize: control of Essex County and, in turn, an edge in a possible Democratic primary for the next gubernatorial election.
NEWS
July 28, 2013
Democratic Senate candidates debate, but without Cory Booker. B1.
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June 17, 2015 | By Howard Gensler, Daily News Staff Writer
IN MANY Tattle items over the years, we've pitched made-up TV shows, movie sequels and spin-offs based on dopey ideas voiced elsewhere in the column. Our most recent suggestion, thanks to Caitlyn Jenner , was a remake of "Bosom Buddies" with actual transgender actors. But with all the crazy ideas we have broached over the years - some just to have the lawsuit ready when they're stolen from us - we're not sure we could ever come up with a reality show/social experiment as icky as A&E's "Married at First Sight.
NEWS
March 13, 2015
Editor's note: This column has been updated to include a statement from Council President Darrell Clarke. BIG WEEK FOR District Attorney Seth Williams , whose stock continues to rise with Attorney General Kathleen Kane sitting on the other end of a political seesaw that stretches from here to Harrisburg. We knew Williams - who managed to drop the phrase "butt load" into his swearing-in speech last year - would go for broke at Tuesday's press conference, when he announced the arrest of three more politicians as the result of an influence-peddling sting that Kane had wrongly deemed "not prosecutable.
NEWS
December 17, 2014
ISSUE | JUSTICE Booker's voice Cory Booker's eloquent speech in the U.S. Senate about racial disparity has been a long time in coming, since Congress so far has turned a blind eye to our racial problems ("Booker speech hits U.S. justice," Dec. 11). His is the fresh voice that is needed in these trying times. |Philip Lustig, Downingtown Other crimes ignored Instead of protesting over the likes of Michael Brown, why not protest crimes against unarmed black men, women, and children shot as innocent bystanders?
NEWS
December 12, 2014
CORY BOOKER is known for blazing his own trail, jumping into the national spotlight as mayor of Newark, then winning a 2013 special election to become the first black U.S. senator from New Jersey. Booker won a full term last month and, since that day, the vegetarian since 1992 has been conducting an "experiment" to eat strictly vegan for the rest of 2014. After that, who knows? He could become the first vegan U.S. senator. The day he tweeted his intentions was the same day that Center City vegan restaurant Vedge was named "Top Food" in Zagat's new Philadelphia Restaurant Survey.
NEWS
December 5, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Worried that Hurricane Sandy victims could be shortchanged by what a judge recently called "reprehensible gamesmanship," New Jersey Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker pressed a key federal official Wednesday to force the release of documents that they say could expose deceptive practices by some insurers. Menendez and Booker, both Democrats, met with the Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator, Craig Fugate, after a New York court case ended with a magistrate judge ordering documents to be released to New Yorkers who may have been misled by insurers.
NEWS
November 6, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE AMERICAN flag was sagging outside a South Jersey polling place yesterday afternoon, almost touching some dark mulch, and Daniel J. Yannantuono did his best to make it stand tall again after casting his vote. The fate of the nation, Yannantuono said, was in the hands of voters beyond the Garden State, and he feared they'd bend national politics to the right. "Ahh, don't get me started," the 67-year-old Vietnam War veteran said outside the Osage Elementary School in Voorhees, Camden County.
NEWS
November 2, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
With a race for governor in Pennsylvania and congressional elections in the commonwealth and New Jersey, it would be a shame to see a repeat of past midterm elections' paltry turnout. Beyond urging you to vote Tuesday, here are The Inquirer's recommendations. Pa. governor For reasons publisher Gerry Lenfest explained a week ago, rather than endorse either of the candidates, The Inquirer contrasted their positions and ours on key issues. For example, while Gov. Corbett has resisted calls to tax the state's booming natural-gas industry on the grounds that doing so would threaten an economic windfall, challenger Tom Wolf supports a 5 percent extraction tax that could yield $1 billion a year to help fund basic education.
NEWS
August 31, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Some of New Jersey's top Democrats said Friday that organized labor is under assault across the country, even as the movement has gained considerable clout in Trenton. "We're under attack, and this country has gone backward as we've seen labor go backward," State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) said in a speech at an annual AFL-CIO gathering in Collingswood in advance of Labor Day. To help reverse the trend, he said, New Jersey needs to send State Sen. Donald Norcross to Congress and reelect U.S. Sen. Cory A. Booker.
NEWS
May 6, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
NEWARK, N.J. - On one level, the race to succeed U.S. Sen. Cory Booker as mayor of New Jersey's largest city is a local political contest with the candidates debating issues familiar to urban America: intractable violent crime, a struggling school district challenged by charter schools, a perpetual battle to attract development and create jobs. Behind the scenes, though, the May 13 nonpartisan election is shaping up as a battleground for a bigger prize: control of Essex County and, in turn, an edge in a possible Democratic primary for the next gubernatorial election.
NEWS
April 2, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Even as the national GOP works to take control of the Senate in November's midterm elections - and high-profile challengers crop up in states that had seemed out of play - New Jersey's top Republican political talent is passing on a chance to try to take out U.S. Sen. Cory A. Booker. In last fall's special Senate election, Booker won a closer-than-expected race against Republican Steve Lonegan, whose campaign attracted support from conservative heros such as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.
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