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Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey:

Democrat Cory Booker was elected Newark, New Jersey mayor in 2006 and reelected in 2010. In 2009, Mayor Booker turned down President Obama's offer for him to lead the White House Office of Urban Affairs Policy. Mr. Booker served on the Newark City Council from 1998 to 2002, and ran unsuccessfully in 2002 for mayor.

Mayor Booker delivered a powerful keynote address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Booker is a fierce supporter of gay rights and gay marriage, likening it to human rights. (See quote below.)

Cory Booker's Political Stances:

Booker, a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, said in 2011 about gun controls laws, "We know we have a gun violence problem in America. The solution is not to get rid of guns. The solution is to have sensible gun laws that keep illegal weapons out of the hands of criminals but also empower communities to make smart choices..."

A supporter of Obama administration education policies, Booker admitted, "... after four or five years of working in inner city Newark, I began to rethink my situation, rethink my philosophy, rethink my views on public education, simply because of the realities I saw around me. Being outcome-focused started to change my view in favor of options like charter schools, contract schools and, yes, vouchers."

Personal Data:

  • Birth - April 27, 1969 in Washington D.C.to Cary and Carolyn Booker, both IBM executives.
  • Graduated from public high school in New Jersey, where he was a football star. B.A. in political science, 1991, Stanford University. M.S. in sociology, 1992, Stanford University. M.A. in U.S. history, 1994, Oxford University in Great Britain. J.D. in 1997, Yale University Law School.
  • Family - Single
  • Faith - Christian
Cory Booker has been a vegetarian for nearly two decades.

Mayor Cory Booker on the Issues:

On Standing Up for Gay Rights

"We are the ones who must say, like the spirit of our ancestors, ‘I am black and I am here. I am Polish and I am here. I am Irish and I am here. I am Jewish and I am here. I am gay, I am transgender, I am queer and I am here. Get used to it.’

"I’m not talking about gay rights. I’m talking about human rights. I’m talking about my rights. I’m talking about your rights."

On Creating Access to Healthy Food

"Mayor Booker is committed to making healthy food options accessible to all of Newark's residents. A new full-service supermarket opened in the Ironbound last year and another opened in the Central Ward in 2012. Five neighborhood small grocers have been provided with grants for store improvements so owners could build and expand capacity to carry fresh fruits and vegetables.

"The City and BCDC also created partnerships with various not- for-profit organizations, enabling residents to access fresh foods from New Jersey farmers at ten Newark farmers' market sites located in neighborhoods across the City. The City's healthy food initiatives include:

  • creating a comprehensive supermarket development program;
  • implementing a small grocers' program;
  • supporting community-based farmers' markets;
  • supporting community gardens and urban farms;
  • providing funding for farmstands in under-served areas."
On Democrats Supporting Middle-Class Americans

"This (Democratic) platform is a clear choice between economic pathways: forward or back, inclusion or exclusion, grow together as a nation or be a country of savage disparities that favor the fortunate few over the greatest driving force of any economy—a large and robust middle class.

"We choose forward. We choose inclusion. We choose growing together. We choose American economic might and muscle, standing strong on the bedrock of the American ideal: a strong, empowered and ever-growing middle class. Our platform emphasizes that a vibrant, free and fair market is essential to economic growth.

"We also must pull from our highest ideals of justice and protect against those ills that destabilized our economy—like predatory lending, over-leveraged financial institutions and the unchecked avarice of the past that trumped fairness and common sense. Our platform calls for significant cuts in federal spending. Our platform calls for a balanced deficit reduction plan where the wealthy pay their fair share."

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