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Booker Steers Clear Of Political Questions On The Daily Show [VIDEO]

Newark Mayor Cory Booker steered clear of political questions during an appearance with Jon Stewart on the Daily Show.

Cory Booker on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Cory Booker on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)

Calling Booker “the super hero Mayor of Newark,” Stewart jokingly asked  if Booker “patrols at night.” The Democrat said he was doing what “a lot of people in my city do everyday.”  Booker kept positive about his city as Stewart touched at some of the cliches about Newark and told Stewart he didn’t regret letting residents stay in his home during superstorm Sandy.

Booker called Newark an “amazing city” as they discussed a “Newark comeback” of sorts, saying that Newark has been “disregarded,disrespected and dissed” over the years but has come back economically during his administration and become an “engine of economic opportunity” producing “hundreds of thousands of jobs” in the port area.

Stewart, mentioning that Booker got involved with the  “food stamp challenge” following a Twitter discussion, joked about New York Mayor LaGuardia checking his social media accounts back in the day. “I  gotta go check my Facebook page. Who poked me?” joked Stewart, dragging on a pretend cigarette.

Booker says along with the  “vitriol” from constituents he also finds out about problems on his Twitter account first.

Booker described his week living on food stamps as “hard (and) difficult” and said the bigger issue is understand America and thinks the right and left can come together.

Food stamps are “more than a social safety net,” Booker said when Stewart asked about Booker’s week of living off food costing less than $4.25 a day. “I challenge that metaphor. If you empower somebody to succeed and that child becomes a biologist, an entrepreneur, it grows our economy. We all benefit.”

While not directly asking about Booker’s intentions for a Statehouse run, Stewart recalled Governor Chris Christie’s appearance on his show last week and called him “formidable” and a “good conversation.” Booker called Christie a “friend of mine” but said there are “definite policy differences” that provide a “real reason to run.”

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