2012 The Root 100

Cory Booker is the mayor of Newark, N.J., and a rising star in the Democratic Party.

  • Influence: 248.0
  • Reach: 15.0
  • Substance: 8.0
  • Media Mentions: 2270
  • Internet Mentions: 382000
  • Twitter Followers: 1181108
  • Cory Booker

  • Mayor of Newark, N.J., and rising political star who delivered a fiery speech at the Democratic National Convention.
  • Job: Mayor of Newark, N.J.
  • Sector: Government/Politics
  • Twitter: @corybooker
  • Location: Newark, N.J.
  • Age: 43
  • Bio: Cory Booker's year included the incredible highs of rescuing a neighbor from a raging fire in April and delivering a fiery speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., in September. But it's the up-and-comer's political future that really has tongues wagging. A potential race for governor in 2013 -- pitting him against Republican favorite Gov. Chris Christie -- arguably would be the nation's most-scrutinized campaign in an off-year election. He's also mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2016 or 2020. Visit his website and like his Facebook page.