Cue meteoric rise to stardom for Cory Booker–the first Black senator from New Jersey to be elected since President Obama won his seat in Illinois in 2004. The 44-year-old Senator was sworn in during a ceremony administered by Vice President Joe Biden. Booker was elected to fill out the term of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died earlier this year.
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While Senator Booker worked as Newark’s mayor, he put 200+ additional officers on the streets, reducing crime and cleaning up Newark’s crime-saturated reputation. The Booker Administration is also responsible for the formation of a Gang & Narcotics Bureau as well as the Fugitive Apprehension Team, which has led to the apprehension of over 2,700 fugitives. If that doesn’t sound a man who deserves our respect, we don’t know what does!
Crime wasn’t the only thing Booker’s Administration championed. Under Booker’s leadership, Newark expanded parks, increased immunization among children, provided resources for disadvantaged children, provided support for formerly incarcerated fathers, provided better education through Charter schools, offered mentorships for Newark’s youth, expanded senior transportation, set up free tax centers for residents, passed prevailing wage legislation (which helps the employee survive by getting paid what they require to live), increased the amount of jobs in Newark as well as affordable housing, among other major improvements for the New Jersey city.
Senator Booker has always been a star as President Obama has previously praised Booker’s efforts as Newark mayor and said that he “has dedicated his life to the work of building hope and opportunity in communities where too little of either existed.” Cory Booker is all the rage and there’s plenty of reasons for you to jump on this bandwagon! (If not for all the amazing work he’s done, then for these reasons.)
Here’s 5 reasons to love Cory Booker:
1. He’s A Good Man
When a Senate Majority Leader says something like, “We’re going to find Cory Booker is going to be a great asset to this nation and the Senate,” you know it’s real. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. is all about Booker in this new position, “We’re very fortunate to have this good man in the Senate. He’ll serve his state and our nation with distinction.”
2. He’s All About #TeamBeautiful Being In His Personal Space
3. He’s A Family Man
When Booker was sworn in, his mother, Carolyn was right by his side. Booker was also joined at the U.S. Capitol by his brother, Cary and a few other family members. Cory’s family is a strong unit and after losing his father earlier this month to Parkinson’s disease, he could use a major win like this.
4. He Hits The Ground Running
Only after a few short minutes of being a new Senator, Cory participated in his first roll call vote, supporting an attempt by Democrats to advance the nomination of Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C. to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Look at Senator Booker, already working!
5. He’s Totally Adorable!
Just look at him!
Do you love Senator Cory Booker like we do?
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Check Out This Gallery Of Women Cory Booker Should Consider:
1. Kristin Kreuk
Booker admitted to being a big fan of "Smallville" & was delighted to find out that the show's star, Kristin Kreuk landed another role in CW's "Beauty & The Beast."
2. Kerry Washington
She plays a politician's lover on TV--ahem "Scandal," so Kerry Washington knows just how to handle a man of political power.
3. Leona Lewis
Has anyone ever her speak? I think Leona only sings, but Booker needs a woman that can just listen to him talk. I think that's exactly what he needs.
4. Sanaa Lathan
Sanaa Lathan is Hollywood A-list, but you never catch her in the middle of a scandal or bad press. She knows how to be in the spotlight, but stay hidden. Those are some great girlfriend qualities for Booker.
5. Mindy Kalling
Obviously Booker's a funny man. If you don't know, follow him on Twitter! Mindy Kalling is funnier and cuter than Booker, but she'd match his wits and would laugh it off if his schedule didn't make enough time for her.
6. Taraji P. Henson
Taraji's youthful spirit, killer good looks and equally as busy life would mesh well with Booker's. Taraji is always on the scene, but there's never any bad press. Just what Booker needs.
7. LisaRaye McCoy
Why not end up with a woman that knows how to be the wife of a public figure? *Kanye shrug*
8. Annika Marks
This up & coming actress is just...hot. For the sake of being shallow, Cory Booker could be one happy man, if it's only to look at Annika. But she's still new, so she's more than likely still a humble sweetheart. What's better than that?
9. Cassandra Freeman
Cassandra's first big break was playing Denzel Washington's wife in "Inside Man." So she knows a thing or two about being the better half of a powerful man. Perfect training for the role of Booker's boo.
10. Olivia Wilde
Sure she's a little young, but her vast experiences in life have given Wilde wisdom beyond her years. Her beauty is breathtaking and could potentially make Booker stop in his tracks and smell the roses or just appreciate the fact that he has one on his arm.