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Mayor Cory Booker Helps Twitter Followers Out of Snow

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

After a blizzard covered most of New Jersey in about two feet of snow, many people have turned to Mayor Cory Booker who has been responding to people's cry for help via Twitter.

Mayor Booker's Twitter followers have been making requests such as diaper delivery and plowing roads. Some people have even asked for help shoveling their cars out of the snow. And the mayor hasn't just replied with a tweet. He also showed up with his feet.

Tajuan Bonds, a Newark resident, called upon the mayor to help clear the road in his neighborhood. He tweeted, "I'm stuck on bergen & grumman ave."

Mayor Booker replied, asking for his phone number and directions. As soon as the mayor arrived, he sent a not-so-pleasant message to Bonds: "Wow u shud be ashamed of yourself. U tweet vulgarities & then I come out here to help & its ur mom & sis digging. Where r u?"

Bonds quickly showed up and posted a picture of his mother with Mayor Booker. 

Bonds later posted on Twitter, "Cory booker really a mayor tho cuz he ratted on my to my moms. smh...my mom said 'TaJuan I'm embarrassed'."

Others have been reporting ambulances that are stuck and hospitals with no clear pathway. In one instance, Booker expressed being upset with a private contractor of a medical van. He tweeted, "Just freed a med transport van here at Cottage Place in Central Ward. Private contractor needs 2 be arrested 4 leaving these folks stranded."

As Booker rolled up his sleeves and got his hands dirty, and broadcasted the play-by-play to his followers throughout, the twitterverse took note. "Hey @CoryBooker if you come plow my street in Brooklyn, I'll vote for you when you run for President. Bloomberg hasn't done jack," tweeted Sam Graham-Felsen, which was picked up by Politico's Ben Smith.

For his part, Mayor Bloomberg took to Twitter Tuesday with inspirational tweets of his own. "This has been a challenging storm, but as always New Yorkers are rising to the occasion," @mikebloomberg sent out a few hours after his morning press conference.

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Comments [3]

Margie from Texas

New Yorkers are very fortunate to have such a caring Mayor.(Cory Booker) I just wish all the other Mayors from all states would take heed. CORY BOOKER FOR PRESIDENT!!!!

Dec. 30 2010 05:43 PM
Sandra Brown-Pitts from Rockford Illinois

This shows you the qualities you can find in a "Real Man' life is not always about who is the big shot or who makes the most money..thank you Mr Mayor

Dec. 29 2010 08:22 AM
Simon Thompson

Check out my most recent blog post (called: "Hashtag for Help") on Mayor Cory Booker's incredible response to the snow storm via Twitter and how it predicts a very positive future for the use of social media by elected officials (and how other politicians should follow suit): http://wp.me/pEk8C-2v.

Dec. 28 2010 07:19 PM

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