Cory Booker's Message to de Blasio

The New Jersey Senator offers good wishes to the new, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. In a surprise call to WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show, Booker said he shares de Blasio's mission to address inequality in society.

"I hope that he is a phenomenal success beyond peoples' imagination. His mayoralty is so important to New Jersey, frankly because we're such an integrated metropolitan area," Booker said.

Booker also praised New York City's outgoing mayor, Michael Bloomberg. The former mayor of Newark, New Jersey said Bloomberg inspired new mayors around the country.

"Mike almost set up something like a virtual mayor's 101 to talk about everything from the nuances of management to larger, bigger issues," Booker said.

Senator Booker also praised Bloomberg for his gun control and climate change initiatives. He said he shares Mayor Bill de Blasio's mission to address inequality in society, and that it's important for the broader metropolitan area, including New Jersey.