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article image'Super-mayor' opens his home to victims of Hurricane Sandy

By Greta McClain     Nov 3, 2012 in World
Newark - Newark New Jersey Mayor, Cory Booker, has a reputation of being a very "hands-on" leader, but allowing residents to take refuge in his home after Hurricane Sandy has even shocked some of his biggest fans.

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There have been few disasters that Booker hasn't responded to personally. Typically, he responds via his Twitter or Facebook accounts, keeping his constituents informed and allowing his constituents to keep him informed. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy however, Booker took his response one step further.
On Wednesday, @NiaBeGee sent a twitter message to Booker which said:
"Everyone around has power by Springfield. Its frustrating, we have no idea whats going on. House full of ppl and a week old baby."
Mayor Cory Booker responds to a resident after Hurricane Sandy.
Mayor Cory Booker responds to a resident after Hurricane Sandy.
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Within 4 minutes, Booker responded, saying:
Can I come by and visit this evening with supplies to talk?
When @SEDIQUA_JASHEMA tweeted "I'm single mother of 2year old that lives alone no lites nd no more food", Booker said he could help and asked her to send him a direct message with her address and phone number.
On Wednesday, @my_serenelove sent a tweet saying: "I live around the corner from u on homestead. Why don't we have our power back. Half of my block does."
Instead of simply saying crews are working as fast as they can, asking her to remain patient, or giving some other generic response, Booker said:
"There is someone at my house now (Eric). I've got space u can relax in, charge devices & even a working DVD player. Come by."
She took him up on his offer, later saying "At @CoryBooker house. Charging everything up. Thx."
Because his home was on a different part of the power grid, Booker's home had power. Understanding some of his constituents were still without power and cold, hungry and scared, the mayor decided to invite those in the area without power to "relax" at his home. Before the day was over, more then a dozen people took the mayor up on his offer. Given free reign of the entire first floor, residents spent their time getting warm, charging their phones, and watching TV. Booker even ordered food for them and told them to let him know if they had any specific DVD requests.
Mayor Booker ordered food for residents taking refuge in his home after Hurricane Sandy.
Mayor Booker ordered food for residents taking refuge in his home after Hurricane Sandy.
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One of the residents that accepted Booker's offer was Alice Bell. Clearly touched by the mayor's offer, an emotional Bell told Politicker:
“It meant–I can’t even explain. I mean, we were–I’m still overwhelmed that he would reach out to us like that, you know, that we meant that much that he actually invited the whole block.”
Bell went on to explain that the power on her street had not yet been restored, but the power on Hawthorne Street, the street on which Booker's house is located, had received power. She added that people have been coming to Booker's house "constantly.”
Bell assisted the mayor in informing residents his home was open to anyone without power. According to Time, Bell went door to door telling them Booker had invited them into his home. Bell said:
“I went around knocking on doors and said the mayor offered. Everybody, they were shocked, like, ‘Really, he said I could come?’ So, we felt kind of special.”
Mayor Booker talks to residents after he invited them to his home after Hurricane Sandy.
Mayor Booker talks to residents after he invited them to his home after Hurricane Sandy.
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Booker is not just tweeting and opening up his home to residents. On Wednesday, he personally went and picked up baby food and supplies from a local Walgreen and helped to deliver the supplies, along with blankets, to various Newark neighborhoods.
In April, Booker was dubbed "Super-mayor". As he returned to his home one evening, he noticed a neighbor's house was on fire. A resident of the home was screaming that her daughter was trapped inside. Booker ran into the home, found the daughter in a back bedroom and with help from Detective Rodriguez, a member of the mayors security team, he managed to get the woman out of the burning home. According to NBC New York, Booker required treatment at a local hospital for smoke inhalation and second-degree burns on his hands.
There was one issue that arose that even "Super-mayor" could not help with however. When a resident informed him of the "Newark Hot Pockets crisis", a "severe" shortage of Hot Pockets in the city, Booker responded by simply saying:
“I believe in you. I know this is a problem you can handle.”
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