Cory Booker: The New Media Politician
Few politicians use social media as openly, or prolifically, as Cory Booker. As the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, he has used Twitter to interact with his constituents on a daily basis, responding to questions and complaints at all hours of the day. The mayor has also used his social presence to spotlight his 2012 food stamp challenge, and assist residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. What has Booker learned about his community through his tweets, and how open does he actually think he can continue to be, as a candidate for the Senate?
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I'm already looking forward to a week of food trucks and margaritas.