|United States Senator
from New Jersey
October 31, 2013
Serving with Bob Menendez
|Preceded by||Jeffrey Chiesa|
|Mayor of Newark|
July 1, 2006 – October 31, 2013
|Preceded by||Sharpe James|
|Succeeded by||Luis Quintana|
|Member of the Newark City Council
from the Central Ward
July 1, 1998 – July 1, 2002
|Preceded by||George Branch|
|Succeeded by||Charles Bell|
|Born||Cory Anthony Booker
April 27, 1969
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Alma mater||Stanford University
Queen's College, Oxford
Yale Law School
Cory Anthony Booker (born April 27, 1969) is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from New Jersey, in office since 2013. Previously he served as Mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013.
He attended Stanford University, where he played college football and received a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a Master of Arts in sociology, before earning a Rhodes Scholarship to attend the University of Oxford. Upon returning home, he received his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School.
Booker began his political career as a Newark City Councilor from 1998 to 2002. He ran for Mayor in 2002, but lost to incumbent Sharpe James; he ran again in 2006 and won against deputy mayor Ronald Rice. During his tenure as Mayor, his priorities were reducing crime and encouraging economic development projects. He gained a national reputation for his personal involvement in public service, particularly through his use of social media tools such as Twitter to connect with constituents.
Considered one of the most prominent Democrats in New Jersey, he became a candidate for the United States Senate in the 2013 special election to succeed Frank Lautenberg, who died in office. He won the Senate Democratic primary on August 13, 2013 and then won the general election against Steve Lonegan on October 16, 2013, becoming the first black U.S. Senator from New Jersey. Booker subsequently won the next regular election for the Senate seat against Jeff Bell in 2014.
- 1 Early life, education, and early career
- 2 Newark City Council
- 3 Mayor of Newark
- 4 U.S. Senate
- 5 Political positions
- 6 Other activities
- 7 Personal life
- 8 References
- 9 Further reading
- 10 External links
Early life, education, and early career
Booker was born on April 27, 1969 in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Harrington Park, New Jersey, 20 miles (32 km) north of Newark, New Jersey. His parents, Carolyn Rose (née Jordan) and Cary Alfred Booker, were among the first black executives at IBM. Booker has stated that he was raised in a religious household, and that he and his family attended a small African Methodist Episcopal Church in New Jersey. One of Booker's maternal great-grandfathers was Caucasian, and Booker also has other European and Native American ancestry.
Booker graduated from Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan and was named to the 1986 USA Today All-USA high school football team. Booker went on to Stanford University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1991 and a Master of Arts in sociology the following year. While at Stanford, he played football, and also made the All–Pacific Ten Academic team and was elected senior class president. In addition, Booker ran The Bridge Peer Counseling Center, a student-run crisis hotline, and organized help from Stanford students for youth in East Palo Alto, California.
After Stanford, Booker was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford, where he earned an honors degree in United States history in 1994 as a member of The Queen's College. He earned his Juris Doctor in 1997 from Yale Law School, where he operated free legal clinics for low-income residents of New Haven, Connecticut. At Yale, Booker was a founding member of the Chai Society (now the Eliezer Society), a Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and was active in the National Black Law Students Association.
Newark City Council
Contemplating advocacy work and a run for city council in Newark after graduation from law school, Booker lived in the city during his final year at Yale. After graduation, he served as Staff Attorney for the Urban Justice Center in New York and Program Coordinator of the Newark Youth Project. In 1998, Booker won an upset victory for a seat on the Newark City Council, defeating four-term incumbent George Branch. To draw attention to the problems of open-air drug dealing and the associated violence, he went on a 10-day hunger strike and lived in a tent and later in a motor home near drug dealing areas of the city. Booker proposed Council initiatives that impacted housing, young people, law and order, and the efficiency and transparency of City Hall, but was regularly outvoted by all of his fellow Councilors.
Mayor of Newark
On January 9, 2002, Booker announced his campaign for Mayor of Newark rather than running for re-election as councilman; this pitted him against longtime incumbent Sharpe James. James, who had easily won election four consecutive times, saw Booker as a real threat, and responded with mudslinging, calling him at a campaign event "a Republican who took money from the KKK [and] Taliban... [who's] collaborating with the Jews to take over Newark". In the campaign, James' supporters questioned Booker's suburban background, calling him a carpetbagger who was "not black enough" to understand the city. Booker lost the election on May 14, garnering 47% of the vote to James' 53%.
Booker announced on February 11, 2006 that he would again run for Mayor. Although incumbent Mayor Sharpe James filed paperwork to run for reelection, shortly thereafter he announced that he would instead cancel his bid to focus on his work as a State Senator, which he was originally elected to in 1999. At James' discretion, Deputy Mayor Ronald Rice decided to run as well. Booker's campaign outspent Rice's 25 to 1, for which Rice attacked him. As well as raising over $6 million for the race, Booker attacked Rice as a "political crony" of James. Booker won the election of May 9 with 72% of the vote. His slate of City Council candidates, known as the "Booker Team", swept the Council elections, giving Booker firm leadership of the city government.
On April 3, 2010, Booker announced his campaign for reelection. At his announcement event, Booker remarked that a "united government" was crucial to progress, knowing his supporters in the City Council faced tough reelections. Heavily favored to win, Booker faced former Judge and Essex County prosecutor Clifford J. Minor, as well as two minor candidates. On May 11, Booker won reelection with 59% of the vote, but with only seven of his nine Council supporters winning reelection.
Before taking office as Mayor, Booker sued the James administration seeking to terminate cut-rate land deals favoring two redevelopment agencies that had contributed to James' campaigns and listed James as a member of their advisory boards. Booker argued that the state’s “pay-to-play” laws had been violated and that the land deals would cost the city more than $15 million in lost revenue. Specifically, Booker referenced a parcel on Broad and South streets that would generate only $87,000 under the proposed land deals yet was valued at $3.7 million under then-current market rates. On June 20, 2006, Superior Court Judge Patricia Costello ruled in favor of Booker.
In late June 2006, before Booker took office, New Jersey investigators foiled a plot to assassinate Booker led by Bloods gang leaders inside four New Jersey state prisons. The motive for the plot was unclear, but was described variously as a response to the acrimonious campaign and to Booker's campaign promises to take a harder line on crime.
Booker assumed office as Mayor of Newark on July 1, 2006. After his first week in office, Booker announced a 100-day plan to implement reforms in Newark. Some of the proposed changes included increasing police forces, ending background checks for many city jobs to help former offenders find employment in the city, refurbishing police stations, improving city services, and expanding summer youth programs.
One of Booker's first priorities was to reduce the city's crime rate. In the furtherance of this, he appointed Garry McCarthy, former Deputy Commissioner of Operations of the New York City Police Department, as the director of the Newark Police Department. Crime reduction was such a central concern to the Booker administration that Booker, along with his security team, was known to personally patrol the streets of Newark until times as late as 4 a.m.
Booker is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, a bipartisan group with a stated goal of "making the public safer by getting illegal guns off the streets". Booker was honored in October 2009 by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence with the Sarah Brady Visionary Award for his work in reducing gun violence. As Mayor, crime dropped significantly in Newark, which led the nation in violent crime reduction from 2006 to 2008. March 2010 marked Newark's first murder-free month in over 44 years, although the murder and overall crime rates began to rise again after 2008. In addition to his crime-lowering initiatives, Booker doubled the amount of affordable housing under development and quadrupled the amount under pre-development, and reduced the city budget deficit from $180 million to $73 million.
After taking office Booker voluntarily reduced his own salary twice, reducing his salary by 8% early in his first year as Mayor. Booker also raised the salaries of many city workers. However, his administration imposed one-day-a-month furloughs for all non-uniformed employees from July through December 2010, as well as 2% pay cuts for managers and directors earning more than $100,000 a year. In 2008 and 2009 the City of Newark received the Government Finance Officers Association's "Distinguished Budget Presentation Award". In an effort to make government more accessible, Booker has held regular open office hours during which city residents can meet with him personally to discuss their concerns. In 2010 Booker was among the finalists for the World Mayor prize, ultimately placing seventh. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the 2012 award.
On October 10, 2010, Booker established Let's Move! Newark as part of First Lady Michelle Obama's national Let's Move! initiative against childhood obesity. In October 2011 he expanded the program to include Let’s Move! Newark: Our Power, a four-month fitness challenge for Newark public school students run by public health advocate Jeff Halevy.
Booker gained national attention when on December 28, 2010, a constituent used Twitter to ask him to send someone to her father's house to shovel his driveway because her elderly father was going to attempt to do it himself. Booker responded by tweeting; "I will do it myself; where does he live?" Other people volunteered, including one person who offered his help on Twitter, and 20 minutes later Booker and some volunteers showed up and shoveled the man's driveway. On April 12, 2012, Booker saved a woman from a house fire, suffering smoke inhalation and second degree burns on his hands in the process. Newark Fire Chief John Centanni said that Booker's actions possibly saved the woman's life. After Hurricane Sandy destroyed much of the shoreline areas of New Jersey and New York in late October 2012, Booker invited Newarkers without power to eat and sleep in his home. In February 2013, responding to a Twitter post, Booker helped a nervous constituent propose to his girlfriend. Booker rescued a dog from freezing temperatures in January 2013 and another dog that had been abandoned in a cage in July 2013.
On November 20, 2012, a melee occurred at a Newark City Council meeting attended by Booker. The nine-seat council was to vote on the successor to the seat vacated by newly elected U.S. Representative Donald M. Payne, Jr. Booker's opponents on the council, including Ras Baraka, sought to appoint John Sharpe James, son of the former Mayor, while Booker and his supporters favored Shanique Speight. Booker attended the meeting to deal with the eventuality of the lack of a quorum or a tie vote, in which state law would allow him to cast a deciding vote. After Baraka was refused an opportunity to address the council by acting Council President Anibal Ramos, Jr., Baraka and two other council members walked away in protest, Booker cast the deciding vote for Speight. Supporters of James stormed the stage and were held back by riot police, who eventually used pepper spray on some members of the crowd. Baraka later blamed Booker for inciting the disturbance, while Booker refused comment to the media after the vote.
In December 2012, after discussions with a constituent about New Jersey's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Booker began a week-long challenge attempting to live on a food budget of $30 per week—the amount SNAP recipients receive. When critics noted that the very name of the SNAP program shows that it is intended to "supplement" an individual's food budget, not be its sole source, Booker replied that his aim was to spark a discussion about the reality that many Americans rely solely on food stamps to survive.
The Newark Watershed comprises 35,000 acres of reservoirs and water treatment systems for more than 500,000 customers in northern New Jersey including Newark and neighboring Belleville, Elizabeth, Bloomfield and Nutley. It is considered one of the city's greatest assets. A New Jersey State Comptroller report issued in February 2014 revealed irregularities and corruption within the Newark Watershed and Development Corporation, which is in the process of being dismantled after being taken over by the city while on Booker's watch.
Public opinion polling
Throughout his mayoralty, Fairleigh Dickinson University's public opinion poll PublicMind, has asked New Jersey residents statewide whether or not they have heard of Mayor Booker, and whether they had a favorable or unfavorable opinion of him.
- Name recognition: 88%
- Favorable opinion: 47%
- Unfavorable opinion: 23%
Booker's mayoralty and personal celebrity drew much media attention to Newark. While he enjoyed high ratings from city residents his legacy has received mixed reviews. Since his election there has been millions of dollars of investment in downtown development but persistent underemployment and high murder rates continue to characterize many of the city's neighborhoods. Despite legal challenges initiated during his term Newark Public Schools has remained under control of the state for nearly twenty years. Newark received $32 million in emergency state aid in 2011 and 2012, requiring a memorandum of understanding between Newark and the state which obligates the city to request and the state to approve appointments to city hall administrative positions.
While mayor of Newark, Booker claimed in an interview that Newark’s unemployment rate had fallen by two percentage points. This statement was rated as "false" by Politifact because the actual rate was 0.7 percentage points.
On December 20, 2012 Booker announced that he would explore running for the seat in the U.S. Senate that was then occupied by Frank Lautenberg in the 2014 election, ending speculation that he would challenge Governor Chris Christie in the 2013 gubernatorial election. On January 11, 2013 Booker filed papers to form a campaign committee, without announcing whether or not he would run. Roughly one month after declaring his interest in running for the Senate, incumbent Lautenberg announced that he would not seek reelection.
On June 3, Lautenberg died of viral pneumonia; five days later Booker announced his intention to run for Lautenberg's seat in the 2013 special election. Booker announced his candidacy at two events: one in Newark and the other in Willingboro.
On August 13, 2013, Booker was declared the winner of the Democratic primary with approximately 59% of the vote. On October 16, 2013 he defeated Republican Steve Lonegan in the general election by 55% to 44%, making him the first African-American U.S. Senator from New Jersey and the first African-American to be elected to the Senate since Barack Obama in 2004.[a] The night before his victory, Booker visited the grave-site of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson where he offered his prayers and light a vigil in memory of his father.
In November 2013, Booker co-sponsored and voted for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. In December 2013, Booker was one of the original cosponsors of Bob Menéndez's Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013, which would toughen sanctions against Iran. He also voted for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 and Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013. In January 2014, he co-sponsored the Respect for Marriage Act. In February 2014, Booker voted against the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013
- Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
- Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
- Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance
- Subcommittee on Science and Space
- Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security (Ranking Member)
- Committee on Environment and Public Works
- Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
- Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
After being defeated in the 2013 special election, Steve Lonegan announced that he would not run again for the seat in the 2014 race. Presumed candidates for the Republican Primary were Thomas Kean, Jr., Jay Webber, Jon Bramnick and Michael J. Doherty. On January 9, 2014, Brian D. Goldberg, a West Orange resident and New Jersey businessman, announced that he would seek the Republican nomination.
On February 4, 2014, conservative political consultant Jeff Bell announced his bid for the nomination. Bell won the Republican Primary and received significant support from the conservative American Principles Fund, who ran a direct mail operation that cost over $80,000, and the National Organization for Marriage, an anti-marriage equality group, who paid for $6,000 of automated calling.
Booker defeated Bell capturing 55.8% of the vote to Bell's 42.4%. Brendan W. Gill was Booker's campaign manager.
Booker has been described by many as a liberal, a moderate, and a neoliberal. In a July 2013 Salon interview, Booker said that “there’s nothing in that realm of progressive politics where you won’t find me.” However, in a September 2013 interview with The Grio, when asked if he considered himself a progressive, he avoided the term, saying he is a Democrat and an American. George Norcross III described Booker as "a new Democrat — a Democrat that’s fiscally conservative yet socially progressive." In May 2012, Booker defended Bain Capital’s record and criticized Obama's attack on private equity. In response, the Republican National Committee, created a petition called "I Stand With Cory Booker". He has also received criticism from both progressives and liberals, such as Ronald Rice and Rush Holt.
On social issues, Booker is pro-choice, supports affirmative action and same-sex marriage. He supports ending the War on Drugs. On economic issues, he supports long-term deficit reduction efforts to ensure economic prosperity, Cap and Trade taxation to combat climate change and increased funding for education. Booker is a supporter of the DREAM Act and the Patriot Act, stating the abolition of the latter would be "a little irresponsible", although he does support some reform of it.
On foreign policy, Booker supports scaling down the United States' involvement in Afghanistan and is against intervention in Syria. He supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. On Iran, Booker has stated the country poses a direct threat to American and Israeli security and feels all options should be on the table for dealing with the conflict. However his decision to back the Iran nuclear deal framework, damaged his long term relationship with Jewish voters and supporters. Booker initiated an emergency summit for Jewish leaders in attempt to reduce the damage to which some of his long standing supporters did not attend.
In 2009 after Barack Obama became President of the United States, Booker was offered the leadership of the new White House Office of Urban Affairs. He turned the offer down, citing a commitment to Newark.
Booker generated controversy on May 12, 2012, when he appeared on Meet The Press as a surrogate for the reelection campaign of Barack Obama and made remarks which were critical of that campaign. Booker stated that the attacks on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital were "nauseating to me on both sides. It's nauseating to the American public. Enough is enough. Stop attacking private equity. Stop attacking Jeremiah Wright." The comments were subsequently utilized by the Romney campaign against Obama. Booker made follow-up comments clarifying that he believed Obama's attacks on Romney's record at Bain were legitimate but did not retract his point about attacking private equity in general. Two weeks later, Booker's communications director Anne Torres tendered her resignation, although she maintained it was unrelated to Meet the Press.
Affiliations and honors
Booker sits on the board of advisers of the political action committee Democrats for Education Reform. Booker is currently a member of the board of trustees at Teachers College, Columbia University, and was formerly a member of the Executive Committee at Yale Law School and the Board of Trustees at Stanford University.
In May 2009, Booker received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the Newark-based New Jersey Institute of Technology for "his outstanding career in public service as the Mayor of Newark". In May 2009, Booker received an honorary doctorate from Brandeis University, and was a commencement speaker that year as well. Booker received another honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in December 2010 from Yeshiva University for "his bold vision for Newark and setting a national standard for urban transformation". In June 2011, Booker received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree and served as that year's commencement speaker at Williams College for the urban transformation of Newark. In May 2012, Booker received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Bard College and gave the commencement speech at the graduation. In 2010, Booker delivered the commencement addresses at Pitzer College in Claremont, California on May 15, Columbia University's Teachers College in New York City on May 17, and Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts, a week later on May 23, 2010. Booker gave the commencement address to New York Law School graduates on May 13, 2011, at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Booker also gave the commencement address at the University of Rhode Island in May 2011; he also received an Honorary doctorate in Human Letters. He delivered a commencement address to Stanford University graduates on June 17, 2012, at Stanford Stadium. He also received an honorary degree at Fairleigh Dickinson's 69th Commencement Ceremony in May 2012. In May 2013, Booker gave the commencement address at Washington University in St. Louis and received an honorary doctorate of law. On May 16, 2014 Cory Booker gave the commencement speech for Ramapo College of New Jersey graduates at the IZOD Center.
Booker's 2002 mayoral campaign, which he lost, was chronicled by filmmaker Marshall Curry in his documentary Street Fight. The film was nominated in 2005 for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
Since 2009, Booker has starred in the documentary series Brick City. The series focuses on Booker and his efforts to improve Newark by reducing crime and bringing about economic renewal. Brick City won a Peabody Award in 2009, and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy in 2010.
Mark Zuckerberg donation
In July 2010, Booker attended a dinner at a conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, where he was seated with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg, who had no known ties to Newark, announced in September 2010 that he was donating $100 million of his personal fortune to the Newark school system. According to an article in the New York Times, Booker and Zuckerberg continued their conversation about Booker's plans for Newark. The initial gift was made to start a foundation for education. The gift was formally announced when Booker, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Zuckerberg appeared together on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The timing of Zuckerberg's donation was questioned by some as a move for damage control to his image, as it was announced on the opening day of the movie The Social Network, a film that painted an unflattering portrait of Zuckerberg. On her show, however, Winfrey told the audience that Zuckerberg and Booker had been in talks for months and had actually planned the announcement for the previous month, and additionally, she and Booker had to force Zuckerberg to put his name to the donation, which he had wanted to make anonymously.
Conan O'Brien "feud"
In the fall of 2009, Tonight Show host Conan O'Brien engaged in a satirical on-air and YouTube feud with Booker, with O'Brien jokingly insulting the City of Newark, and Booker responding that he would ban O'Brien from the Newark airport. Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for the feud to end during a prepared comedy bit, telling Booker to chalk it up to a head injury suffered by O'Brien less than two weeks earlier. Booker then appeared on O'Brien's show and assured viewers that the feud was over and that he was actually a big fan of O'Brien, who agreed that every time he made a joke about Newark, he would donate $500 to the City of Newark and also made a $50,000 donation to the Newark Now charity, which was matched by NBC Universal.
In 2012, Booker and tech executives Sarah Ross and Nathan Richardson formed Waywire, a company focused on video sharing technology. Early investors included Oprah Winfrey, Eric Schmidt, Jeff Weiner and Troy Carter. After Booker's relationship to Waywire was discussed in a front page New York Times story, board member Andrew Zucker stepped down from his position. Shortly thereafter, Waywire CEO Nathan Richardson departed the business as the company shifted focus from content creation to content curation. In August 2013, Booker told NBC News he intended to resign from the Waywire board and put his holdings in a trust if elected to the Senate; by September, he'd resigned his place on the board and donated his share of the company to charity. Waywire was sold to another video curation business the following month.
Booker regularly exercises and has been a vegetarian since his days as a student at Oxford. He abstains from alcohol, and "has no known vices or addictions" other than books and coffee. However, much more recently, Senator Booker has begun practicing a vegan diet and has expressed through his Twitter tweets, Huffington Post entries, Facebook page, and online blog entry his expression of vegan ethical philosophy and his advocacy for animals.
Booker has never been married, and in 2013 he was named one of Town & Country’’s "Top 40 Bachelors". Though he has generally tried to keep his personal life private, Booker has in the past described himself as a "straight male" and has stated that he is attempting to date more in the hopes of finding someone to settle down with. In a 1990 column in the Stanford Daily, Booker admitted regretfully that as a teenager he had "hated gays". Booker has himself been the target of rumors about being gay and has generally refused to address these on principle, which he explained in 2013: "Because I want to challenge people on their homophobia. I love seeing on Twitter when someone says I’m gay, and I say, ‘So what does it matter if I am? So be it. I hope you are not voting for me because you are making the presumption that I’m straight.’"
From 1998 to 2006, Booker lived in Brick Towers, a troubled housing complex in Newark's Central Ward. In November 2006, as one of the last remaining tenants in Brick Towers, Booker left his apartment for the top unit in a three-story rental on Hawthorne Avenue in Newark's South Ward, an area described as "a drug- and gang-plagued neighborhood of boarded-up houses and empty lots". Brick Towers has since been demolished, and a new mixed-income development was built there in 2010.
- Christopher Zara (September 7, 2013). "Cory Booker, NJ Senate Hopeful And Twitter Phenom, Leaving Waywire?". International Business Times. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
- Damien Cave (May 10, 2006). "Cory Anthony Booker: On a Path That Could Have No Limits". The New York Times. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
- Michel Martin (March 23, 2012). "Helping Celebrities Find Their Roots". NPR. Retrieved April 6, 2012.
- Finding Your Roots, PBS, March 25, 2012.
- Dan Gilgoff (August 7, 2009). "Newark Mayor Cory Booker's Course on World Religions". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
- Akoto Ofori-Atta (March 23, 2012). "The Surprise in Cory Booker's Family Tree". The Root (magazine). Retrieved April 6, 2012.
- John Jurgensen (March 22, 2012). "Doubling Down on DNA". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved April 6, 2012.
- "Stanford University career football statistics". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
- Billy Gallagher (June 17, 2012). "Cory Booker delivers 2012 commencement address". The Stanford Daily. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
- Alexandra Moller (February 28, 2001). "Lyons Award honors service". Stanford Daily. Archived from the original on 2012-06-24. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
- "Booker, Kafka receive Sterling Awards for service". Stanford University. June 6, 1991. Retrieved November 12, 2012.
- Adam Pitluk (March 26, 2011). "Yale's Secret Society That's Hiding in Plain Sight". Time (magazine). Retrieved May 29, 2012.
- Kaitlin Thomas. "Cory Booker is on a Mission" (PDF). Yale University Law School. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
- "Newark City Councilman Cory Booker '97 to Lecture on Monday, September 24, at 4:30 p.m.". Yale University Law School. September 20, 2001. Retrieved December 15, 2012.
- "Mount Union Announces Schooler Lecturer". University of Mount Union. August 8, 2012. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
- "Fall 2011 Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Visiting Professor: Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, NJ". Goucher College. October 12, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2012.
- Andrew Stevens. "Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey". City Mayors Foundation. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
- "Cory Booker Biography". The Biography Channel. 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2012.
- Arianna Huffington (April 30, 2002). "The madness of Newark’s King James". Salon (website). Archived from the original on 2006-06-14. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
- "Key moments in Sharpe James' run for mayor". The Star-Ledger. New Jersey On-Line. May 16, 2002.
- Seth Mnookin. "The New Natural". New York (magazine).
- Damien Cave (May 4, 2006). "In a Debate of Newark Mayoral Candidates, Some Agreement and a Lot of Discord". New York Times.
- Damien Cave (February 10, 2006). "Rival Returns in Newark, Making a Rematch Possible". New York Times.
- Damien Cave (March 28, 2006). "After 5 Terms as Newark Mayor, James Opts Not to Run Again". The New York Times.
- "Newark: Deputy Mayor Enters The Race". The New York Times. March 6, 2006.
- Damien Cave (May 10, 2006). "On 2nd Try, Booker Glides In as Newark Mayor". The New York Times.
- "Newark Feature: A New Political Era". The New York Times. May 10, 2006.
- Josh Benson (May 10, 2006). "Booker's 'Team' Dominates Municipal Council Contests". The New York Times. Retrieved December 15, 2012.
- David Giambusso (April 3, 2010). "Newark Mayor Cory Booker kicks off re-election campaign". The Star-Ledger. New Jersey On-Line.
- Richard Pérez-Peña (May 9, 2010). "Mayor Booker Favored, but Newark Is in No Mood to Celebrate This Year". New York Times.
- "Newark Mayor Cory Booker Wins Re-election". eurweb.com. May 13, 2010.
- Damien Cave (April 19, 2006). "Booker Says Newark Mayor Is 'Giving Away Our Land'". The New York Times. Retrieved April 30, 2010.
- Katie Wang (June 21, 2006). "Booker wins fight on city land sales". The Star-Ledger[dead link].
- Richard G. Jones (June 5, 2006). "Threat to Newark's Mayor-Elect Leads to 24-Hour Police Guard". The New York Times.
- "Newark Elects Cory Booker First New Mayor in Two Decades in Landslide Victory". ABC News. May 9, 2006.
- Damien Cave (July 2, 2006). "Pledging to Revive Newark, a New Mayor Goes to Work". New York Times.
- David Segal (July 3, 2006). "Urban Legend How Cory Booker Became Newark's Mayor: By Being Almost Too Good to Be True". The Washington Post.
- Ronald Smothers (July 11, 2006). "Booker Has 100-Day Plan for Newark’s Reorganization". The New York Times.
- Jacobs, Andrew (September 7, 2006). "New York City Crime Strategist Picked as Director of Newark Police Force". New York Times. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
- Sean Gregory (July 27, 2009). "Cory Booker is (Still) Optimistic That he can Save Newark". New York: Time. pp. 36–40. Archived from the original (Magazine) on August 26, 2013. Retrieved July 19, 2009.
- "Mayors Against Illegal Guns: Coalition Members".
- "Brady Center: Stand Up for a Safe America Gala, NYC".
- "Newark marks its first murder-free month in 44 years". USA Today. April 1, 2010. Retrieved April 30, 2010.
- David Giambusso (June 30, 2010). "Newark Mayor Cory Booker proposes budget to city council". The Times (New Jersey). Retrieved December 15, 2012.
- Marc Fortier (December 9, 2011). "In NH, Newark Mayor Says It's Time for Dems to Fight Back". PortsmouthPatch. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
- Cory A. Booker (2012). "State of the City Address" (PDF). Office of Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker. Retrieved December 15, 2012.
- "Cory Booker: Mayor, Newark". New York Observer. March 2013. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
- Ken Walker (March 31, 2009). "Newark Feels the Pinch". The Daily Newarker. Retrieved December 15, 2012.
- Cory A. Booker (2009). "2009 Proposed Budget" (PDF). City of Newark. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 23, 2012. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
- "Case Studies - City of Newark (NJ)". PFM Group.
- Andrew Jacobs (March 8, 2007). "Access to Mayor Doesn’t Solve All Problems". The New York Times.
- "World Mayor: The 2010 results". Retrieved January 29, 2011.
- "World Mayor longlist of candidates for the 2012 Prize". Retrieved April 13, 2012.
- "About". Let's Move! Newark. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- "Our Power". Let's Move! Newark. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- Sean Gregory (December 29, 2010). "Cory Booker: The Mayor of Twitter and Blizzard Superhero". Time (magazine).
- "Mayor digs in after Twitter appeal". CNN. Jan 3, 2010. Retrieved April 23, 2012.
- "Newark Mayor Cory Booker taken to hospital after rescuing woman from house fire". April 12, 2012.
- Jeltsen, Melissa (November 2, 2012). "Cory Booker, Newark, New Jersey Mayor, Invites Hurricane Sandy Victims To His House". The Huffington Post. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
- Hudson, Hayley (March 2, 2013). "Cory Booker, Newark Mayor, Helps Man Propose To Girlfriend Because He's A Romantic". The Huffington Post.
- Mathias, Christopher (25 January 2013). "Cory Booker Rescues Dog From Cold In Newark (VIDEO)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
- Griffo, Megan (1 July 2013). "Cory Booker, New Jersey Mayor, Rescues Allegedly Abused Dog With Twitter's Help (TWEETS)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
- Kate Zernike (November 21, 2012). "Melee at Newark Council Meeting Shows Rift in Mayor’s Support". The New York Times. Retrieved November 22, 2012.
- David Giambusso and James Queally (November 20, 2012). "Citizens rush council members as chaos erupts at Newark City Hall meeting". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
- Cory Booker. "A Movement Toward Food Justice". Blog Entry, Dec 4 2012. LinkedIn. Retrieved December 6, 2012.
- Melissa Jeltsen (December 8, 2012). "Cory Booker Responds To Critics Of His Food Stamp Challenge". The Huffington Post.
- Mulshine, Paul (March 5, 2014). "Cory Booker: His scandal could be a watershed for reform in NJ (Mulshine)". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2014-03-05.
- Feed, RSS (February 19, 2014). "Newark Watershed:A timeline of Troubles". New Jersey News. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
- Giambusso, David (February 20, 2014, 2013). "Watershed director took Newark for millions, comptroller says". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2014-02-28. Check date values in:
- Giambusso, David (February 20, 2014). "Newark, state leaders call for criminal investigation of Newark watershed". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
- Giambusso, David (February 23, 2014). "Newark watershed's lucrative payouts were no secret, contractor says". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
- Giambusso, David (March 26, 2013). "Newark Watershed dissolves, leaving city to manage water for 500,000 customers". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
- Giambusso, David (February 28, 2014). "Newark Superior Court judge to decide fate of city watershed agency". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
- Nonprofit agency in charge of Newark water votes to separate from city David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger By David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger Email the author | Follow on Twitter on September 14, 2012
- "Judge to determine if Newark should keep funding flagging watershed". NJ.com. 2014-03-02. Retrieved 2014-05-02.
- Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind, (September 11, 2008). Corzine Ratings Drift Sideways; Views of State Drift Down (press release)
- Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind, (April 7, 2009). Budget Batters Corzine: Still Behind Christie (press release)
- Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind, (May 25, 2010). Voters Split on Christie, But Not on His Proposals (press release)
- Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind, (May 11, 2012). Booker Note: Favorable Over Unfavorable by 8-to-1 (press release)
- Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind, (January 10, 2013). Voters Favor Booker Over Lautenberg (press release)
- Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind, (March, 2014). (press release)
- Dia, Hannington (Oct 17, 2013). "Is Newark Better or Worse After Cory Booker?". News One for Black America. Retrieved 2013-12-08.
- Giambusso, David (October 6, 2013). "Cory Booker's legacy in Newark under spotlight as he looks to Senate". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
- Zernike, Kate (December 13, 2012). "Promise vs. Reality in Newark on Mayor’s Watch". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
- Zezma, Katie (October 18, 2013). "Bound for DC, Booker leaves mixed legacy in Newark". The Trentonian. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
- W, R (August 14, 2013). "When Cory’s gone". Democracy in America (The Economist). Retrieved 2013-12-05.
- Bradley, Bill (September 12, 2013). "Is Cory Booker really the people's choice?". Next City. Retrieved 2013-12-07.
- Rose, Joel (August 6, 2013). "Cory Booker Super mayor or self-promoter?". NPR. Retrieved 2013-12-07.
- Wogan, J.B. (December 2013). "But What Did Cory Booker Actually Accomplish in Newark? He promised to rescue his troubled city as mayor. Did he deliver?". governing.com. Retrieved 2013-12-08.
- Calefati, Jessica (July 9, 2013). "State control of Newark schools upheld by panel of appellate court judges". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2013-12-07.
- Giambusso, David (December 5, 2013). "State warns Newark mayor his staff moves may not fly". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
- O'Neill, Erin (1 March 2012). "Cory Booker claims jobless rate fell two percentage points in Newark last year". Politifact. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
- Jillian Rayfield (May 20, 2012). "Cory Booker will explore run for Senate in 2014". Salon (website). Retrieved December 20, 2012.
- Daniel Trotta (January 11, 2013). "Newark Mayor Booker Files Papers to Run for Senate". Chicago Tribune.
- Ruby Cramer (February 21, 2013). "Cory Booker Still Won't Confirm His Run For Senate". BuzzFeed. Retrieved April 5, 2013.
- Cameron Joseph (February 14, 2013). "Sen. Lautenberg won't run for reelection". The Hill (newspaper). Retrieved February 14, 2013.
- Tamari, Johnathon (June 8, 2013). "United States Senate special election in New Jersey, 2013". The Philly.
- "Shutdown key issue in special Senate election - CNN.com". CNN. October 16, 2013.
- Zernike, Kate (16 October 2013). "Booker, Winning Rocky Senate Bid, Gets a Job to Fit His Profile". New York Times. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- Taylor, Jessica (August 13, 2013). "Cory Booker wins Democratic primary in New Jersey". NBC News.
- "Full Timeline – Important Dates for Election Officials 2013 Special General Election for Office of U.S. Senate" (PDF). New Jersey Division of Elections. New Jersey Department of State. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
- The New York Observer Shmuley Boteach, 10/18/13 "Cory Booker the Spiritual Senator"
- Shmully Hecht, JUNE 28, 2014 The New York Times "The Power of a Deed"
- "Cory Booker planning to be sworn in to Senate on Halloween". NJ.com. Retrieved 2014-05-02.
- "Cory Booker Sworn In as Senator by VP Biden 10/31/2013". C-SPAN Video. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
- , "S. 815: Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013", Govtrack,
- S. 1881: Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013
- On the Motion (Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 3304)
- On the Motion (Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.J.Res. 59)
- S. 1236: Respect for Marriage Act
- [H.R. 2642: Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2014/s21]
- Tracy, Marc (8/7/2013). "Cory Booker’s Shady Role in Web Startup Waywire". The New Republic. Retrieved 12 July 2014. Check date values in:
- Pareene, Alex (13 August 2013). "Don’t vote for Cory Booker today". Salon. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
- "Independent Expenditures in New Jersey Senate Race at the FEC". Federal Election Commission. June 30, 2014. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
- Andrew Silow-Carroll, "Senator Cory Booker: A liberal African-American Baptist who loves talking Torah", Haaretz, October 17, 2013
- Editorial, "Cory Booker for the U.S. Senate in New Jersey", The New York Times, October 9, 2013
- Matt Katz, "Norcross backs Booker for Senate", philly, June 9, 2013
- Matt Taylor, "Cory Booker doubles down", Salon, July 9, 2013
- Perry Bacon Jr., "What Cory Booker will do in the Senate", theGrio, October 16, 2013
- Jonathan Easley, "RNC launches ‘I Stand With Cory’ petition", The Hill, May 21, 2012
- Perry Stein, "Rush Holt TV Ad: Cory Booker Is No Progressive (VIDEO)", TPM, August 5, 2013
- Matt Friedman, "Where Cory Booker and Steve Lonegan stand on the issues", nj, October 16, 2013
- "Safeguarding Civil Rights and Civil Liberties", corybooker.com
- Mollie Reilly, "Cory Booker Condemns Drug War As 'Tremendous Failure'", The Huffington Post, August 18, 2013
- Christine Richard, "Ackman Cash for Booker Brings $240 Million Aid From Wall Street", Bloomberg, October 28, 2010
- "Cory Booker On the issues", OnTheIssues,
- Michael Linhorst and Herb Jackson, "Booker says he'll bring spirit of 'entrepreneurship' to the Senate", northjersey.com, July 23, 2013
- "Keeping America Secure", corybooker.com
- Ruby Cramer, "Cory Booker Walks Back Opposition To Military Intervention In Syria", BuzzFeed Politics, August 31, 2013
- David Weigel (4 September 2015). "Chris Christie: Cory Booker should be ashamed to back Iran deal". The Wahington Post. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
- Ken Kurson (9/7/15). "EXCLUSIVE: In Damage Control Mode, Cory Booker Invites Jews to Emergency Summit". Observer. Retrieved 8 September 2015. Check date values in:
- "Cory Booker Convenes ‘Summit’ for Jews Upset Over Iran Vote". politickernj. 8 September 2015. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
- Raymond Hernandez (May 20, 2012). "Surrogate for Obama Denounces Anti-Romney Ad". New York Times. Retrieved May 23, 2012.
- Stephanie Condon (May 21, 2012). "Cory Booker's criticisms complicate Obama team's anti-Bain message". CBS News. Retrieved May 23, 2012.
- Steve Kornacki (May 22, 2012). "Booker’s maddeningly slippery interview". Salon (website). Retrieved September 3, 2012.
- David Giambusso (May 29, 2012). "Newark City Hall Communications Director Resigns in Wake of Booker's Meet the Press Appearance". The Star-Ledger. New Jersey On-Line. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
- "Democrats for Education Reform – About Us". Retrieved July 12, 2010.
- "Jefferson Awards National Winners". Jefferson Awards for Public Service. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- "2009 Commencement Honoree: Mayor Cory A. Booker". New Jersey Institute of Technology. Retrieved April 6, 2012.
- "Cory Booker urges graduates to use their love to change the world". BrandeisNOW. May 17, 2009. Retrieved April 6, 2012.
- "'Newark Mayor Cory Booker will be the keynote speaker at Yeshiva University’s Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation on Dec. 12'". Yeshiva University. November 8, 2010. Retrieved April 6, 2012.
- "'Cory Booker Williams College Commencement 2011'". YouTube. June 6, 2011. Retrieved April 6, 2012.
- "'Cory Booker Bard College Degree and Commencement'". Bard College. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
- "Cory Booker Gives Speech at URI Graduation". Retrieved July 23, 2011.
- "'Cory Booker delivers 2012 commencement address'". The Stanford Daily. Retrieved August 5, 2012.
- "Fairleigh Dickinson University Holds 69th Commencement on May 15". Fairleigh Dickinson University. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
- Kelly Wiese Niemeyer. "‘Be first class,’ focus on small acts of kindness, Newark Mayor Cory Booker tells graduates". WUSTL Newsroom.
- Kelly Heyboer. "Cory Booker gives advice to students at Ramapo College commencemen". The Star-Ledger.
- "Street Fight Nominated for Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature". MacArthur Foundation. March 6, 2006.
- Greg Conley (January 8, 2011). "From Newark with Love: "Brick City"". Buffalo Rising.
- Molly Creeden (October 13, 2011). "Jennifer Newsom on Her New Documentary, Miss Representation". Vogue (magazine).
- Caitlin Berens (July 7, 2012). "Buffett, Zuckerberg & the Meeting of Billionaires". Inc. (magazine).
- Richard Pérez-Peña (September 22, 2010). "Facebook Founder to Donate $100 Million to Help Remake Newark’s Schools". The New York Times.
- The Oprah Winfrey Show, September 24, 2010
- Adrian Chen (September 24, 2010). "Zuckerberg on Oprah: My $100 Million Donation Is About Kids, Not The Social Network". Gawker.
- Cory Booker (September 28, 2009). "Mayor Booker "Officially" Puts Conan O'Brien on Newark "No Fly List"". YouTube.
- Leo, Alex (December 1, 2009). "Conan Responds To Mayor Cory Booker: You Are Now Banned From Burbank Airport". The Huffington Post.
- Jennifer Millman (October 9, 2009). "Clinton to Conan: Drop Booker, Go Back to Mocking My Pantsuits". NBC.
- The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, October 5–9, 2009, NBC
- Graham, Jefferson (November 26, 2012). "Waywire founder Cory Booker has YouTube in his sights". USA Today. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
- Halbfinger, David M.. Hernandez, Raymond. Cain Miller, Claire (August 6, 2013). "Tech Magnates Bet on Booker and His Future". The New York Times. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
- Eric Lach (August 13, 2013). "What Will Happen To Cory Booker’s Ridiculous Tech Start-Up If He’s Elected?". TPM Muckraker. TPM Media. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
- Ryan Lawler (August 16, 2013). "Waywire CEO Nathan Richardson Departs As Company Shifts Focus From Content Creation To Curation". TechCrunch. AOL, Inc. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
- Hunt, Kasie; Taylor, Jessica (August 12, 2013). "Booker defends role in online startup; says he’s gone 'above and beyond' on transparency". First Read. NBC News. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
- Hernandez, Raymond (September 6, 2013). "Booker to End Association with Start Up He Founded". New York Times. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
- Kafka, Peter (October). "Waywire, Cory Booker’s Attempt to Build a Web Video Startup, Sells to Magnify". All Things D. Dow Jones. Retrieved October 14, 2013. Check date values in:
- Lucy Kaylin (September 2010). "Is Cory Booker the Greatest Mayor in America?". The Oprah Magazine. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
- "T&C's Top 40 Bachelors". Town & Country (magazine). February 2013.
- Cory Booker's Twitter account
- Huffington Post entries of Cory Booker
- Cory Booker's Facebook page p
- Symons, Michael (August 29, 2013). "Cory Booker's sexuality becomes issue in Senate race". USA Today.
- Katie McDonough (January 10, 2013). "Cory Booker: "I hated gays"". Salon (website).
- Jason Horowitz (August 26, 2013). "New Jersey’s Cory Booker: A perfect senator for ‘This Town’?". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
- Max Read (January 29, 2013). "Cory Booker’s Spokesman Refuses to Say Whether or Not He’s Gay". Gawker.
- Camia, Catalina (10 October 2013). "Newark Mayor Cory Booker's father died". USA Today. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
- Janet Frankston Lorin (November 24, 2006). "Mayor moves to tough Newark area". Philadelphia Inquirer.
- Jeffery C. Mays (July 20, 2008). "Razed Brick Towers no longer is a symbol of poverty". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved April 6, 2012.
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
- Street Fight from PBS P.O.V.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Cory Booker.|
|Mayor of Newark
|Party political offices|
|Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from New Jersey
|United States Senate|
|United States Senator (Class 2) from New Jersey
Served alongside: Bob Menendez
|United States order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|Seniority in the U.S. Senate
Shelley Moore Capito