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#CoryBookerStories is a Twitter hashtag that began trending after Newark, NJ mayor Cory Booker rescued his female neighbor from a house fire. These tweets portray Mayor Booker as a Chuck Norris-like figure,


On the evening of April 13th, 2012, Newark mayor Cory Booker arrived at his home to find his next-door neighbor’s house on fire. Upon noticing flames and smoke coming from the second floor of the building, Booker rushed in with several members of his security team to evacuate the residents.[10] When Booker learned that someone was still left inside, he told Newark Police Detective Alex Rodriguez that he was going back in to help them escape.[9] The mayor grabbed the woman from her second-story bedroom, managing to safely remove both of them from the fire. The mayor and the woman were treated at separate hospitals for second degree burns and smoke inhalation.[11] After the incident, Booker tweeted out a message on his personal account[12] to over one million followers stating that he was okay.


Merely two hours after the event, the single topic blog Super Cory Booker[3] was created, featuring image macros portraying the mayor as a superhero. The next morning, the hashtag #CoryBookerStories[1] began to appear on Twitter, featuring hyperbolic stories of Booker’s greatness in the style of Chuck Norris Facts. The Wall Street Journal curated several of the best #CoryBookerStories on Storify.[8] Within the first 24 hours, these tweets reached over 2.3 million users.[13]

The hashtag was covered on news sites the Baltimore Sun[4], the Huffington Post[6], The Star Ledger[14], the Metro[15], MSNBC[16], Business Insider[7], TIME Newsfeed[18] and the Guardian[17] as well as tech blog Mashable.[2]

On the afternoon of April 13th, Booker acknowledged the hashtag, thanking users for the smiles in light of a serious situation.

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Personal Life

Cory Anthony Booker[5] (born April 27th, 1969) was elected the mayor of Newark, New Jersey in 2006. A Democrat, Booker previously was a Newark City Councilman from 1998-2002. He earned a B.A. in Political Science and a M.A. in Sociology from Stanford University before spending two years studying at Oxford. In 1997, he earned a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Booker is known for his commitment to Newark, with crime significantly dropping in the city since he took office.[19] He also lives in Newark’s South Ward, a reportedly tough part of the city. Booker also maintains a strong presence on Facebook[22] and Twitter[12], where he regularly interacts with residents as well as users from across the globe. During a blizzard in December 2010, the mayor responded[20] to Newark constituents who were snowed in via Twitter, going to several local homes to help dig a person’s car out for a medical procedure. His interaction and quick responses caused TIME[21] to deem him “social-media superhero.”

Search Interest

Search for Cory Booker and Twitter peaked in December 2010 when he was using the site to help residents during the blizzard.

External References

[1]Twitter – Search results for #corybookerstories

[2]Mashable – Super-Mayor Cory Booker Gets Memed

[3]Tumblr – Super Cory Booker

[4]The Baltimore Sun – Baltimore and nation can’t get enough Newark Mayor Cory Booker stories

[5]Wikipedia – Cory Booker

[6]Huffington Post – Cory Booker Fire Rescue: #CoryBookerStories Imagines Mayor’s Other Superhero Acts (TWEETS)

[7]Business Insider – Cory Booker Stories: The Heroic Newark Mayor Has Already Created An Internet Frenzy

[8]Storify – WSJ – #CoryBookerStories: Newark Mayor as Folk Hero

[9]CBS News – Newark Mayor Cory Booker: Race into home fire was a “come to Jesus moment”

[10]The Star Ledger – Newark Mayor Cory Booker taken to hospital after rescuing woman from house fire

[11]ABC News – Newark Mayor Cory Booker Rescues Neighbor From Fire

[12]Twitter – @CoryBooker

[13]Hashtracking – Report for #corybookerstories

[14]The Star Ledger – Trending: ‘Cory Booker stories’

[15]Metro US – #CoryBookerStories: Internet goes wild with hero mayor Cory Booker memes

[16]Digital Life MSNBCHe Soothes Chuck Norris’ nightmares? Twitter on fire with #CoryBookerStories

[17]The Guardian – Newark mayor Cory Booker saves a life and #corybookerstories is born

[18]TIME Newsfeed – Cory Booker Reminds Us All He’s Still a Superhero

[19]TIMEWhy Cory Booker Likes Being Mayor of Newark

[20]Vanity Fair – The 10 Most Valiant Snow-Rescue Tweets from Cory Booker, Twitter’s Mayor

[21]TIMECory Booker: The Mayor of Twitter and Blizzard Superhero

[22]Facebook – Cory Booker

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