It's been nearly six months since Cory Booker won the special election to finish out the late Frank Lautenberg's term in the U.S. Senate. But in that time not much has been heard from the freshman senator.
That marks a sharp departure for the one-time media darling, who seemed to be everywhere at once during his tenure as Newark's mayor. Whether it was taking a seat on Oprah's couch alongside Gov. Chris Christie or trading humorous barbs with Conan O'Brien, Booker had a knack for making national headlines.
But since his election to statewide office, the urban mayor known for his soaring rhetoric and big ideas appears to have taken a more understated approach.
Manu Raju, senior congressional correspondent for Politico, said that's intentional. He told WNYC's Amy Eddings that Booker is trying to make a name in the Senate the old-fashioned way: by forging relationships and building alliances, while keeping his mouth shut as he learns the way of a rather chummy and exclusive club.
But Raju added that Booker's media presence was one of his greatest assets — and if he decides to pursue the presidency, not just be a life-long senator, he'll likely need to put himself back in the spotlight.