Cory Booker

Hero of the Week

Dammit, how did we miss this? Future President of the United States (and current Mayor of Newark, New Jersey) Cory Booker continues to kick all kinds of ass. Not only does he spend his winters personally filling pot holes and shoveling cars out of snow banks, but this week he literally rescued someone from a burning building.

NEWARK, N.J. — In a smoky stairwell, with embers falling from the ceiling and his neighbor slung over his shoulder, Cory Booker called it his "proverbial come to Jesus moment."

The mayor of New Jersey's largest city was carrying out a constituent he had rushed into a burning home to save, first pushing aside his security detail who tried to hold him back by his belt. He didn't feel like a hero: "I felt terror," he told reporters on Friday, holding a children's fire safety video with his burned, bandaged right hand.

The 42-year-old mayor, who has dug out snowbound residents in a blizzard, lived in a rundown housing project to make a point and tagged along on police patrols to lecture drug dealers, took on a new status Friday: the politician who can do almost anything.

Chris Christie can barely climb out of his helicopter without a forklift and Booker is rescuing people from death. I'm looking forward to watching Booker electorally humiliate Christie one of these days.