Mayor of Newark Cory Booker Returns to Hollywood to Raise Reelection Funds

6a00e0097dd47a8833015390316e5f970b-800wiCory Booker, the mayor of Newark, N.J. who has become a social media star, was back in Los Angeles on Wednesday to raise money for his reelection — in 2014.

Actually, Booker has long courted industry donors, and they have seen him as a rising star in the Democratic party. In fact, the invite to the $250-per-person event at the Sunset Tower Hotel lists him as more than just a typical hizzoner of a major city, but “activist,” “crime fighter,” “hero,” “rising star,” Rhodes scholar” and “motivator.”
Even though his next campaign is three years away, Booker drew a crowd that included Bob Bookman, Sean Bailey, Patrick Whitesell, Chris Pine, Eric Paquette, Cookie Parker, Ken Solomon, Catherine Park and J.J. Abrams.

Booker, who has reduced the city’s crime rate and boosted economic development in Newark, has become somewhat of a star in his own right, having appeared in a Sundance Channel reality series and having participated in a drawn out, lighthearted feud with Conan O’Brien. He’s also been aggressive about drawing more private philanthropy to his city, perhaps more prominently being a $100 million donation from Mark Zuckerberg to the Newark school system.

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    There is another Corey Booker here!

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