Booker Gets Hooked

Newark mayor Cory Booker gushes over late-night mani-pedis in magazine interview
Cory Booker / AP

Cory Booker / AP


Cory Booker, the Newark, New Jersey, mayor and well-disciplined surrogate for President Barack Obama, revealed an interesting personal detail during an interview with Dujour magazine for its September issue:

’Being a public figure, people talk smack about you, so I found this 24-hour mani-pedi place and go in the middle of the night. It’s this guilty pleasure I have. Look, manis are good, but pedis—there’s something…transformative.’ 

It’s one of the rare indulgences Booker allows himself. At 43, he’s single and lives alone. He abstains from meat and alcohol and considers his greatest vice (ice cream notwithstanding) to be a steady stream of Diet Coke, Coke Zero and Diet Pepsi.

In other news, last year the Newark police department began a concentrated effort to clamp down on massage parlors that doubled as houses of prostitution.

The crackdown, despite a deeply embarrassing incident, appears to have left the city with a verifiably happy ending, as the ambitious mayor is now able to safely walk the Newark streets in search of a ‘transformative’ pedicure ‘in the middle of the night.’

The office of former vice president Al Gore has not commented on the Booker interview.