Future governor/senator saves woman from burning building

posted at 4:51 pm on April 13, 2012 by Allahpundit

I’m only being a little cute with the headline. Booker’s a Stanford grad and a Rhodes Scholar and nearly got himself elected mayor of Newark at the tender age of 33. (He lost narrowly and then won in 2006 when he was 37.) Obama offered him a job in the White House in 2008, which he turned down, but he’s clearly eyeing bigger things. He’s already the most famously hands-on mayor in America: He went around the city shoveling snow during the blizzard of 2010, becoming an instant Twitter legend in the process by using it to communicate with locals who needed help, and after his first swearing-in he helped chase down a guy who was confronting a cop with a pair of scissors. Now this:

Newark Mayor Cory Booker was taken to a hospital Thursday night for treatment of smoke inhalation he suffered trying to rescue his next-door neighbors from their burning house…

Centanni said the mayor executed a professional rescue and possibly saved the life of one resident.

After being released from the hospital, Booker recounted his experience at the fire and said he thought he might have to jump out of a window because of the heavy flames.

“We got everybody out of the house, but their daughter’s screaming, ‘I’m upstairs!’ ” he told The Star-Ledger.

There’s good retail politicians and there’s great retail politicians, and then there’s this guy. The bad news? He’s a Democrat, so he’s a potential threat to Christie — but maybe not just yet. The good news? He’s an unorthodox Democrat in some important respects, so if we’re destined to lose some races in New Jersey, it’s a consolation that we could do worse than him. Here he is at this morning’s presser, banged up but now officially the star of his very own Twitter version of Chuck Norris Facts. Sounds like the rescue was a closer call than the early media reports suggested.


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I don’t care what party he’s in, that guy’s a hero.

NerwenAldarion on April 13, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Give the dude credit for having the seeds to do that, regardless of his party affiliation.

Bishop on April 13, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Well done sir.

Tim_CA on April 13, 2012 at 4:54 PM

A Democrat I like! Has hell frozen over?

KateNE on April 13, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Didn’t Mittens save some girl’s life a while back? If that’s all it takes to win elected office, then let me offer my early congratulations to President-elect Romney.

Doughboy on April 13, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Good for him, hopefully he doesn’t turn out to be just one more race baiting, class warfare Democrat.

clearbluesky on April 13, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Why be a senator, when he could be a superhero?… Of course, why be one or the other, when he could be both?

Lawdawg86 on April 13, 2012 at 4:57 PM

The bad news? He’s a Democrat, so he’s a potential threat to Christie — but maybe not just yet. The good news? He’s an unorthodox Democrat in some important respects, so if we’re destined to lose some races in New Jersey, it’s a consolation that we could do worse than him.

maybe we can get him to switch parties ?
one can hope ….
this go to show there ARE good Dems …. not many … but a few ….

conservative tarheel on April 13, 2012 at 4:57 PM

The bad news? He’s a Democrat

Nobody’s perfect.

The good news? He’s an unorthodox Democrat in some important respects,

Do you mean he believes in Liberty and the rule of law?

Chip on April 13, 2012 at 5:00 PM

I think he has a reasonably good chance at reelection.

Mitchell Heisman on April 13, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Democrat, huh? I hope the neighbors he saved were Republicans.

HellCat on April 13, 2012 at 5:02 PM

well done sir, well done.

dmacleo on April 13, 2012 at 5:03 PM

He’s like Harrison Ford in Air Force One! I would have voted for that dude to be President for life!!

JAM on April 13, 2012 at 5:04 PM

future governor for sure but not in 2013. He’s too smart to go up against Chris Christie and if you guys were smart you would have ran Christie against Obama this year

DBear on April 13, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Didn’t Mittens save some girl’s life a while back? If that’s all it takes to win elected office, then let me offer my early congratulations to President-elect Romney.

Doughboy on April 13, 2012 at 4:56 PM

He certainly did! He pulled a girl out of a river.

But then he “flip flopped” and threw her back in.

HondaV65 on April 13, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Gutsy call

Fezzik on April 13, 2012 at 5:07 PM

What a great human being. What the heck did Obama need him for then?

Client Number Nine on April 13, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Didn’t Mittens save some girl’s life a while back? If that’s all it takes to win elected office, then let me offer my early congratulations to President-elect Romney.

Doughboy on April 13, 2012 at 4:56 PM

He certainly did! He pulled a girl out of a river.

But then he “flip flopped” and threw her back in.

HondaV65 on April 13, 2012 at 5:05 PM

*sigh* not even funny …
I believe Romney headed up a search for a missing girl …
they found her safe ….

conservative tarheel on April 13, 2012 at 5:08 PM

A guy smart enough to attend Stanford and Oxford wants to actually live in Newark, NJ? Go figure.

Seriously, this guy clearly is a rising star in the Democrat Party but he also sounds like the kind of urban mayors more cities could use. DC certainly doesn’t have such a leader in the corrupt Vincent Gray.

Happy Nomad on April 13, 2012 at 5:08 PM

DBear on April 13, 2012 at 5:05 PM

No thanks. I need a break from the pomposity.

Fezzik on April 13, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Is that an SEIU tie he is wearing?

tomshup on April 13, 2012 at 5:09 PM

at Passover, Lucianne linked to Booker’s speech at Newark’s Menorah Lighting ceremony.

Quisp on April 13, 2012 at 5:10 PM

DBear on April 13, 2012 at 5:05 PM

You may not want to compare a hero to zero.

Chip on April 13, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Booker is pretty cool. It’d be nice if more Democrats were like him.

Is that an SEIU tie he is wearing?

tomshup on April 13, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Probably not. SEIU wouldn’t be a big fan of his pro-school choice platform.

amerpundit on April 13, 2012 at 5:12 PM

future governor for sure but not in 2013. He’s too smart to go up against Chris Christie and if you guys were smart you would have ran Christie against Obama this year

DBear on April 13, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Yeah, because it is always helpful to choose candidates based on what somebody says “you guys” should do.

Christie is great in many ways and doing good things in NJ but he is too liberal to unify the party (Romney has enough trouble just being associated with Mass). That being said, I would love to see a President Christie because we would stop seeing an angry woman pushing tofu and bean sprouts on virtually every television channel.

Happy Nomad on April 13, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Dbear…If you were smart you wouldn’t make the grammatical errors that pepper your nonsensical BS! eg.: “would have ran Christy,” etc.!

tomshup on April 13, 2012 at 5:14 PM

heck, I remember when he first started, he ran down criminals, while MAYOR!

rob verdi on April 13, 2012 at 5:14 PM

The bad news? He’s a Democrat.

The good news. He doesn’t act like one. He seems like a great man.

Fallon on April 13, 2012 at 5:14 PM

You know very well had he been a Republican, Kos/HuffPo would be saying he did this purely for political reasons and it wasn’t that big a deal anyway. What do we do? Praise him.

This is why the left wins most battles. They come to the fight with an F-18, we come to the fight with a butter knife.

angryed on April 13, 2012 at 5:14 PM

and if you guys were smart you would have ran Christie against Obama this year

DBear on April 13, 2012 at 5:05 PM

And if you were smart you wouldn’t, say should have ran.

angryed on April 13, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Too bad all Democrats aren’t more like this guy. Well done, Mayor Booker.

AZCoyote on April 13, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Good for him, hopefully he doesn’t turn out to be just one more race baiting, class warfare Democrat.

clearbluesky on April 13, 2012 at 4:56 PM

I’ve met him Hell of a good guy. That’s a tough job, but he actually helps the community instead of “organizing” it.

katy the mean old lady on April 13, 2012 at 5:17 PM

There is no bad news here. Bravo, Booker.

Jaibones on April 13, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Beat you!
angryed on April 13, 2012 at 5:15 PM

tomshup on April 13, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Good job anyway!

tomshup on April 13, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Come to the Dark Side, Mayor Booker. Together we shall rule the Universe as Conservative and recently converted Conservative.

arik1969 on April 13, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Wow Ed…way to take down my comment…superfast.

Free-speech free zone?

MooCowBang on April 13, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Hats off to Cory Booker! It’s hard enough to be mayor of a place like Newark, but he’s also a great human being and a great neighbor.

Steve Z on April 13, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Beat you!
angryed on April 13, 2012 at 5:15 PM

tomshup on April 13, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Good job anyway!

tomshup on April 13, 2012 at 5:19 PM

You’re just going to make him angry, you know.

TexasDan on April 13, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Didn’t Mittens save some girl’s life a while back? If that’s all it takes to win elected office, then let me offer my early congratulations to President-elect Romney.

Doughboy on April 13, 2012 at 4:56 PM

He certainly did! He pulled a girl out of a river.

But then he “flip flopped” and threw her back in.

HondaV65 on April 13, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Better than fellow Massachusetts native Ted Kennedy, who left her there to drown.

Steve Z on April 13, 2012 at 5:25 PM

The good news. He doesn’t act like one. He seems like a great man.

Fallon on April 13, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Correct…beware derpocrats bearing gifts…

MooCowBang on April 13, 2012 at 5:26 PM

The bad news? He’s a Democrat

no need to read the rest….

nazo311 on April 13, 2012 at 5:26 PM

This guy has consistently shown he is made of the right stuff. I hope the system does not corrupt him.

pat on April 13, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Preferable to Governor youtube.

HerneTheHunter on April 13, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Booker is rabidly anti-gun, anti-second amendment – good thing the house’s occupants weren’t being held up at knife point.

dugan on April 13, 2012 at 5:31 PM

True heroism knows no party lines.

Well done, Mr. Booker!!!!

Bitter Clinger on April 13, 2012 at 5:32 PM

future governor for sure but not in 2013. He’s too smart to go up against Chris Christie and if you guys were smart you would have ran Christie against Obama this year

DBear on April 13, 2012 at 5:05 PM

No, Christie should fear Corey Booker because he would beat him if he ran in 2014.

Cory Booker is the real deal and is someone to look out for in the future.

RedRobin145 on April 13, 2012 at 5:35 PM

future governor for sure but not in 2013. He’s too smart to go up against Chris Christie and if you guys were smart you would have ran Christie against Obama this year

DBear on April 13, 2012 at 5:05 PM

If you were smart, you’d know that it’s Christie’s decision to run or not run, and he chose to not run. Simple stuff.

joejm65 on April 13, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Dude has balls and heart. I don’t care what side he’s on, he’s a good and brave man. Would that more Dems were like him.

MadisonConservative on April 13, 2012 at 5:36 PM

I kinda hope he doesn’t run for bigger office. As Governor he may not be able to be as hands-on as he is now. As a mayor he has done good, but I fear higher office could, while not necessarily corrupt him, force him to change. Here’s to hoping he stays grounded, even if he does run for higher office. We need more like him for aspiring public servants to look up to, even if he is a Democrat.

Blacksoda on April 13, 2012 at 5:43 PM

it’s great he saved someone, but don’t forget Booker is the one pushing sanctuary city status on Newark. How many people have been killed by illegal immigrants in NJ?

cameo on April 13, 2012 at 5:43 PM

You know very well had he been a Republican, Kos/HuffPo would be saying he did this purely for political reasons and it wasn’t that big a deal anyway. What do we do? Praise him.

This is why the left wins most battles. They come to the fight with an F-18, we come to the fight with a butter knife.

angryed on April 13, 2012 at 5:14 PM

I prefer to see it that we recognize decency and honor in people when they demonstrate such, regardless of political affiliation. Libs refuse to believe conservatives could even be decent and honorable.

Bitter Clinger on April 13, 2012 at 5:44 PM

What a blatant ripoff of Tom Maguire’s headline earlier today. Allahpundit, for shame! ;)

JustOneMinute: Future Governor/President Rushed To Hospital

Missy on April 13, 2012 at 5:44 PM

No, Christie should fear Corey Booker because he would beat him if he ran in 2014.

Cory Booker is the real deal and is someone to look out for in the future.

RedRobin145 on April 13, 2012 at 5:35 PM

If Booker runs in 2014, he is sure to lose…. since the next Gov election is in 2013.

Bitter Clinger on April 13, 2012 at 5:45 PM

You can tell he’s milking the hell out of it. A humble person would say no comment.

rubberneck on April 13, 2012 at 5:47 PM

I’ve seen Booker on TV a few times, and he’s always been funny, engaging, and straightforward. I wish there were more Democrats like him.

I really think there’s a chance he’ll become a Republican eventually. His view of the world is too honest to keep believing that liberal solutions will solve everything.

hawksruleva on April 13, 2012 at 5:48 PM

He certainly did! He pulled a girl out of a river.

But then he “flip flopped” and threw her back in.

HondaV65 on April 13, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Pathetic comment is pathetic.

Red Cloud on April 13, 2012 at 5:49 PM

I like the guy(From what I have seen of him) and great job with the rescue.

Southernblogger on April 13, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Very well done, Mayor Booker. Thank you for being a selfless public servant. Nice work.

ted c on April 13, 2012 at 5:53 PM

If Booker runs in 2014, he is sure to lose…. since the next Gov election is in 2013.

Bitter Clinger on April 13, 2012 at 5:45 PM

You are correct. I had 2014 on the brain since Booker is mentioned as a replacement for Lautenberg in 2014 (if he retires).

RedRobin145 on April 13, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Credit where credit is due. He did a fine thing. Guy’s obviously got some balls.

trigon on April 13, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Too bad Mayor Booker wasn’t the one anointed to deliver “the speech” at the 2004 Democratic Convention instead of The Grifter.

PS, the NJ teachers hate his guts, so that automatically makes me a fan regardless of party or any off-duty heroics.

SickofLibs on April 13, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Didn’t Mittens save some girl’s life a while back? If that’s all it takes to win elected office, then let me offer my early congratulations to President-elect Romney.

Doughboy on April 13, 2012 at 4:56 PM

He certainly did! He pulled a girl out of a river.

But then he “flip flopped” and threw her back in.

HondaV65 on April 13, 2012 at 5:05 PM

*sigh* not even funny …
I believe Romney headed up a search for a missing girl …
they found her safe ….

conservative tarheel on April 13, 2012 at 5:08 PM

The true story is rather moving. One of the Bain principles had a teen daughter run away and Mitt rounded up volunteers from Bain and they made an effort to find her and eventually did. Not quite the same as this but it certainly illustrates the guy’s priorities.

lexhamfox on April 13, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Anyone who says to parents to take responsibility for their kids’ sagging clothes get at least a B+ from me.

SouthernGent on April 13, 2012 at 6:27 PM

angryed on April 13, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Hard cheese. The man saves a life at the risk of his own…he deserves credit. Politics be damned.

And, there aren’t that many on either side of the aisle who would have done the same thing. Balls seem to be in universal short supply.

Solaratov on April 13, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Had he been a Republican I can see the headlines now:


Republican major throws neighbor out of her home!

..lol

Kudos to him though, he should have a great career ahead of him regardless of party affiliation.

celt on April 13, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Man, I gotta start using the preview feature…

Had he been a Republican I can see the headlines now:

Republican mayor throws his own neighbor out of her home!

celt on April 13, 2012 at 6:33 PM

It takes real nads to go charging into a fire, hats off to this man, he is indeed a hero.

Axion on April 13, 2012 at 6:40 PM

If he is in favor of school choice, he might be persuaded on the 2ndother amendment. Evidence of what works is a beautiful thing.

WhatNot on April 13, 2012 at 6:48 PM

If you are young and not a liberal, you have no heart. If you are mature and not a conservative, you have no brain. He’s a Stanford graduate and a Rhodes scholar. Give him time, he’ll become conservative in the ways that matter.

talkingpoints on April 13, 2012 at 7:39 PM

“Honestly, at that point, I did not feel bravery. I felt terror.”

Sir, that’s exactly what bravery is. Hats off to you.

Chuckles3 on April 13, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Eh.
Reagan saved 77 people in his lifeguarding days.

itsnotaboutme on April 13, 2012 at 8:36 PM

future governor for sure but not in 2013. He’s too smart to go up against Chris Christie and if you guys were smart you would have ran Christie against Obama this year

DBear on April 13, 2012 at 5:05 PM

…he’s probably really a Republican who is brave enough, to someday leave the plantation DBare is on!

KOOLAID2 on April 13, 2012 at 9:57 PM

future governor for sure but not in 2013. He’s too smart to go up against Chris Christie and if you guys were smart you would have ran Christie against Obama this year

DBear on April 13, 2012 at 5:05 PM

First you’re right that Republicans aren’t smart. But ain’t it great to see the praise heaped on this guy by the majority of the people here. That’s something your side never does. In fact, they do everything they can to diminish or even get ingnorantly insulting towards a Republican in a situation deserving of a nonpartisan high five.

You can tell he’s milking the hell out of it. A humble person would say no comment.

rubberneck on April 13, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Oops, sorry Dbear. Every party has then. Rubberneck, you’re a dick of the first order. I listened to this guys interview and he’s not milking anything. I doubt you’d have the balls to do what he did.

smoothsailing on April 14, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Democrats really don’t bother me…don’t generally like their major candidates and usually disagree with them on issues…it’s the Marxists pretending to be Democrats that is the problem.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 14, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Reagan saved 77 people in his lifeguarding days.

itsnotaboutme on April 13, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Oh Snapple!!!

MooCowBang on April 14, 2012 at 11:04 PM