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Newark Mayor Cory Booker Formally Announces Senate Bid

Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images(TRENTON, N.J.) -- Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced on Saturday that he will seek the Senate seat made vacant when Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., died earlier this week.

“I’m here today to officially announce my candidacy to be New Jersey’s next United States senator,” Booker said in a news conference. “Democracy is not a spectator sport, but now as much as in any time, we must bring people together. We must actually get into the complicated difficult messy arena and take on the difficult challenges, work in uncommon ways with conviction and courage.”

Booker, who has served as mayor of Newark for seven years, praised Lautenberg for his service and leadership in New Jersey and the Senate.

“As a senator and as a citizen, he has been one of the most impactful New Jerseyans. He was truly a giant in the United States Senate. He was a giant for our state and a giant for our nation from his service in World War II to his assiduous work and advocacy in the U.S. Senate,” he said. “Generations yet unborn will feel the impact of his leadership and contributions.”

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie set the date for the special election to fill Lautenberg’s seat for Oct. 16, three weeks before Christie faces re-election himself. On Thursday, Christie appointed state Attorney General Jeff Chiesa, a Republican, as interim senator, but Chiesa does not plan on running in the special election this year. The Democratic primary for the seat will be held in August.

Booker, 44, is well known for his heroic acts as well as for his active Twitter account. He said on Saturday he’s often been criticized for his tweeting, but that will not deter him.

“Too much Twitter from the mayor, too much exposure — there is not a criticism I haven’t heard over the years. I’ve heard it all but, there’s one thing that everyone has to admit about my life as a professional,” he said. “I do not run from challenges. I run towards them.”

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Snow Politics 2: Newark Mayor Cory Booker Tweets as He Plows

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) -- On Monday, we examined the perils of blizzards for politicians. New Jersey Lt. Governor and Republican Kim Guadagno went on vacation at the same time as her boss, Lt. Governor Chris Christie. The snowstorm hit and the Democratic leader of the State Senate was temporarily in charge.
Other mayors have felt the ire of voters after botching the response to the storm -- but not Cory Booker, the Newark Democrat. He’s taking plow requests via Twitter, and in some cases apparently getting out and digging around cars himself.

“Just dug a car out on Springfield Ave and broke the cardinal rule: "Lift with your Knees!!" I think I left part of my back back there,” wrote @corybooker on Monday night.

In other instances he’s gotten into the neighborhood of a stranded person and asked them to send a private direct message with their phone number so he could come help.

Booker has more than a million followers on Twitter, making him one of  the most followed politicians in the U.S. Newark has about a quarter the population of Booker's Twitter account.

Booker has pleaded for patience just like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, although Bloomberg’s city response has been criticized.

At this point, Newark residents could expect the personal touch. Booker started accepting direct pleas via Twitter back in February, during the last big snowstorm to hit the East Coast.

It remains to be seen if Booker’s personal approach will lead to a city cleaned of snow quicker than New York. But it may lead to more goodwill regardless.

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