Cory Booker on Welfare & Poverty



Resided in housing project after law school, to help tenants

Long before he became America's most influential mayor, Booker began his career as an exercise in self-imposed humility.

At the age of 28, with prestigious clerkships and six-figure salaries on the horizon, he moved into a "penthouse apartment" in Brick Towers, one of Newark's worst housing projects, with the aim of helping tenants.

Booker lived there for eight years, through winters without heat or hot water, often walking up and down the fifteen flights of stairs when the elevator wasn't working. Gayle King, the CBS morning-news anchor who has become a close friend, says that by the time she started visiting him there a few years later, he no longer noticed the smell of urine in the hallways.

Source: Vogue magazine profile, "Local Hero Cory Booker" , Dec 19, 2012

2011: Founded PAC to support urban-issue candidates

What does his future hold? Most people assume that he has had his eye on a statewide office. In 2009, early polls suggested that Booker could make a viable candidate for governor in 2013. In 2011, Booker created a federal political action committee (PAC) to support candidates who supported urban issues. Many speculated that such a PAC could help Booker launch a US Senate candidacy in the future. Booker ruled out a 2012 candidacy but did not rule out running in 2014. While Booker is widely liked, he has to prepare for a street fight unlike anything he has ever experienced. The media that love him now will scrutinize him even more closely if he runs for statewide office.
Source: The New Black Politician, by Andra Gillespie, p.228 , May 7, 2012

Assist beneficiaries with earned income tax credit

We aggressively stepped up our work with the earned income tax credit, even establishing a free tax center in City Hall, leading to savings of hundreds of thousands of dollars in filing fees and assisting in putting millions of previously unclaimed dollars into the pockets of residents. And now with the Governor's expansion of eligibility for the state EITC, hundreds, if not thousands, more Newarkers can claim additional benefits.
Source: 2008 State of the City Address , Feb 1, 2008

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