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While he said he would not enter next year's Democratic primary, Booker did not rule out a run for the Senate in 2014, The Star-Ledger of Newark reported. "You know, that's 2014, I support Senator Lautenberg. He ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2002 and was elected in 2006.
He made a conscious decision to move to Newark, where he lived in a troubled housing project for eight years.
Booker would knock on every door in vain that year. "I'm not sure if you've ever heard of me, but I'm the city councilman from the Central Ward, but now I'm running for mayor." In the decade that followed his loss — he would run for mayor again in 2006, this time successfully — Booker took steps to create and shape a public narrative around his career of service: He founded a grassroots nonprofit, Newark Now; starred in the Sundance Channel's documentary series Brick City; became a prominent surrogate during President Obama's reelection campaign; created his own digital media company, Waywire; and built a national constituency on Twitter, where he sends inspirational quotes to his 1.3 million-plus followers at all hours of the night and DMs his cell phone number to Newarkers in need.
In the opening scenes of Street Fight, a documentary film that follows the 2002 campaign, Booker pokes his head into half-open doors and yells into dark windows. When residents alert their mayor to neighborhood trouble — a broken streetlight or dangerous pothole, a pit bull roaming the streets — the mayor's typical response on Twitter is, simply, "On it." Rarely does Booker reply directly to complaints — he retweets them, with his own response tacked on to the front of the message. In Newark, the mayor is on it — and the whole world knows it too. Senate last month — in its nascent stages, already high drama — Booker has been thrust into the curious moment in which his career, extending for the first time beyond the city limits, is catching up at last to the national persona he helped craft for himself.
"Allow me to be more direct, escaping the euphemisms of my past — I hated gays." But in the rest of the column, Booker details in much eloquence the way in which his teenage self underwent a radical transformation on the issue.
"It didn't take me long to realize that the root of my hatred did not lie with gays but with myself," it reads — and ends with a flourish: an oath to "continue to struggle for personal justice."With the column online, the mayor's staff is calm — like nothing ever happened. The response to the piece on Twitter is, somehow, overwhelmingly positive.
Booker responds, "I was writing about my teenage struggle for integrity. He may not trust reporters to tell a true story about him or his career or his city, but he does, unequivocally, trust himself — that, even two decades later, he can control.It all started when Booker caught wind of a joke made on her Hulu series, Ouch! ) pic.twitter.com/FSwfkxen QJ — Cory Booker (@Cory Booker) March 23, 2017 You are making my day! CORY BOOKER IS in a meeting when the column goes online.Booker's crusade to lead his life and his mayorship in the public eye has no doubt launched him and his city into the spotlight. The decision to run for Senate in part precipitated what the mayor calls a period of "adjustment." Booker is a man who wants to control the narrative around his life and career — he writes his own tweets, picks fights with reporters over unfair stories, and has outlined his next career move so rigorously in his own mind that he'll sometimes talk as if he's already gotten the job, letting slip a line about what he "will do" when he is senator.But amidst mounting media scrutiny, Booker is still learning what it takes to keep running the show from his new spot on the national stage.