CHARLES SYKES/INVISION/AP Mayor Booker’s latest heroic exploits came to light when a constituent asked him on Twitter if that was him assisting at the scene of an auto accident on Newark’s Clinton Ave. Despite his “hunger pains,” he admitted to being on the scene to help.
His hunger and caffeine withdrawal haven’t dulled his superhero reflexes. Already famous for carrying a neighbor out of a raging kitchen fire in April, Newark Mayor Cory Booker snapped into action at the scene of an injury car accident on Thursday, a witness told the Daily News.
The hometown heroics came just minutes after the 43-year-old Democrat recorded a video blog about the difficulty of his weeklong, $4-per-day food stamp challenge, which has him subsisting on beans, rice, vegetables — and no coffee.
“I heard a crashing sound outside. I looked out my window and there were two sedans that collided. Within a few minutes, a big black car stopped near the site and two men got out. I recognized the mayor’s posture,” a 36-year-old witness who gave her name as Dydy told The News.
She said Booker rushed to the cars outside Newark’s Hotel Riviera to check on the parties and then directed traffic around the scene. “Mayor(,) was that you at the site of the car accident on Clinton Ave.?” she later asked Booker on Twitter. “Yes, everyone is ok. Ambulance just arrived. Heading to office,” he tweeted in reply.
Booker later blogged about his “hunger pains” and the challenge of visiting a bakery for one of his work meetings.
“This was difficult and perhaps the greatest test of my resolve yet,” he said of the tempting treats. “Right after the meeting I hustled back to my car and downed more beans, cauliflower and broccoli and tried to imagine that it was Christmas cookies and cake.”
article by Nancy Dillon via nydailynews.com