Newark Mayor Cory Booker Rescues Freezing Dog, plus 6 Other Heroic Feats

To help you understand why some call Brooker the "Super Mayor," NewsFeed proudly presents The Cory Brooker Greatest Hits Collection.

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Cory Booker is the Chuck Norris of U.S. mayors, and his list of real-life acts of heroism keeps growing. The latest feat of the 43-year-old Newark, N.J., mayor: rescuing a freezing pooch from the cold on Thursday after concerned locals tipped him off on Twitter.

Reporter Toni Yates first noticed a dog suffering in the below-freezing temperatures while filming footage for a segment, but when she saw the dog was still outside hours later, she tweeted at Booker to take action — and that’s exactly what he did. The mayor arrived, scooped the dog up and carried it into a police car before delivering a stern warning by phone to the dog’s owners, who claimed they didn’t know “Cha Cha” had escaped outside.

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“This dog is shaking really bad, and you just can’t leave your dogs out here on a day like this and go away and expect them to be O.K.,” Booker told WABC. “Hypothermia on any animal, including a human animal, will set in pretty quickly. So this is very sad, you can just feel the dog shaking pretty badly.”

Thursday’s rescue isn’t the first time Booker has braved extreme conditions — or used social media — to come to the rescue. To help you understand why some call Booker the Supermayor, NewsFeed proudly presents the Cory Booker Greatest Hits Collection:

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  • Booker still makes the world a better place even when he’s refusing to help. When a Newarker complained to Booker that he was running out of Hot Pockets post-Sandy, Booker declined, tweeting back, “I believe in you. I know this is a problem you can handle.” But before long, thanks to his social-media star power, the makers of the delicious frozen treats provided the town with hundreds of coupons.
  • In winter of 2010, Booker turned his @CoryBooker Twitter account into a blizzard help line. When one man tweeted that his sister couldn’t make it through the snow to buy diapers, Booker showed up at her house with diapers. When locals were stuck in their cars (or, in one case, on a bus), Booker and his team helped dig them out the old-fashioned way: with shovels.

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3 comments
GracieB
GracieB

Don't believe the hype. These few acts of heroism do not equal substantive improvements to the quality of life for all residents of Newark - like me. I moved to Newark believing that it was a city on the rise, and instead, I'm finding that it's stagnant and the leadership doesn't seem to care.

JamesWinslow
JamesWinslow

Here he comes to save the day, Cory Booker is on the way to being the governor and presidential....meanwhile, in Newark; rapes, robberies, and freezing seniors whose pension has been badly hit by the crooks just to the north of them in NYC, choose between food, or heating oil....The crooks remain at-large, as yet no arrest warrants have been issued, and the state and federal officials have no plans to.....

mrmsjb12
mrmsjb12

did you tell the dog a big B.S,. story while you rescued him