Cory Booker will keep reinventing himself until voters believe it | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Cory Booker will keep reinventing himself until voters believe it

New Jersey Sen. Cory “Call Me Spartacus” Booker is running for president, to the surprise of no one.

In a political era that seems long ago, Booker was one of the more interesting figures in the Democratic Party.

He began his career by taking on an established Democratic machine, failing in his first bid to be mayor of Newark. Incumbent Sharpe James was the old guard using every strong-arm tactic in the book to keep power, and Booker was the young, fresh-faced Rhodes scholar determined to show that city government could be more than just a corrupt, favor-dispensing fiefdom.

After being elected mayor, Booker quickly became master of the dramatic announcement. Perhaps his biggest was in September 2010, when he joined then-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” to accept an eye-popping gift: $100 mill­ion to reform Newark public schools, with local philanthropists and others matching it and raising it to $200 million. Few big-city mayors have ever had a day that good.

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