Cory Booker Invites Sandy Victims Into Own Home

By: , NewsOXY Reporter
11/02/2021 10:15 PM ET

It’s hard to believe that anyone, especially Newark Mayor Cory Booker, would invite every Hurricane Sandy victim to his house to chill with friends and family during the aftermath of the storm.

Many people are left homeless, and quite frankly, there’s barely been a disaster when you compare it to other hurricanes. That didn’t stop Booker from making an announcement on his active Twitter account.

After Hurricane Sandy struck, hundreds of Newark residents sent pleas for help to their mayor — and many of them got a speedy response. In the past few days, Booker made an especially personal gesture when he invited neighbors over to his house to relax, charge their cell phones and watch movies.

When about 12 Newark citizens took Booker up on his offer, he tweeted to let them know that they could request DVDs and that he was having lunch delivered. Booker also used Twitter to get the home addresses of families in need, answer questions about local schools and even respond to his critics. According to the Gothamist, Booker averaged 100 tweets per day from Oct. 29 to Nov. 1.

Those who showed up at Booker’s doorstep in the Upper Clinton Hill neighborhood were given free rein to use an entire floor, including a kitchen and a bathroom, according to the New York Observer’s Politicker blog. Alice Bell, a neighbor who took shelter in Booker’s home, told Politicker she helped inform other locals about the favor.

“I went around knocking on doors and said the mayor offered,” Bell said to Politicker. “Everybody, they were shocked, like, ‘Really, he said I could come?’ So, we felt kind of special.”

Bell said there was a “steady flow” of people going in and out of Booker’s home to take advantage of his hospitality. Booker stopped by several times to provide DVDs, popcorn, candy and other supplies, Politicker reported.

“There were kids, so everything was age appropriate. We watched Spiderman, we watched Kung Fu Panda, Happy Feet,” Bell told Politicker. “And he brought — the kids had Play-Doh and coloring books and stuff — supplies. We kept each other entertained, trying to keep each other’s spirits up.”

Booker offered beds to guests so they could sleep over. Bell said she doesn’t know if the mayor got any shut-eye himself.

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