Cory Anthony Booker (born April 27, 1969) is an American politician who is currently serving as the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, first elected in 2006, having previously served as a City Councilor from 1998 to 2002. He first ran for Mayor in 2002, but lost to incumbent Sharpe James; he ran again in 2006 and won against Deputy Mayor Ronald Rice. He is the third African-American Mayor of Newark.
He is a graduate of Stanford University, Yale Law School, and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. After college, Booker won an upset victory for a seat on the Newark City Council, defeating four-term incumbent George Branch.
Booker has gained a reputation for his personal involvement in public service, including going on a 10-day hunger strike outdoors to draw attention to the dangers of open-air drug dealing, living on a "food stamp" budget to raise awareness of food insecurity, shoveling the driveway of a constituent upon request, allowing hurricane victims into his home, and saving a woman from a house fire at his own risk.
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