Cory Booker

  • Aired:  12/12/12
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Newark Mayor Cory Booker outlines the factors behind the city's economic revival and his problems with the social "safety net" metaphor. (7:09)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT, HE'S THE MAYOR OF NEWARK, NEW JERSEY.

PLEASE WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM MAYOR CORY BOOKER.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

HOW ARE YOU?

>> I'M GOOD.

YOU GOT A LOT OF JERSEY COMING ON RECENTLY.

>> Jon: TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF JERSEY.

YOU KNOW, I'M FROM THE AREA.

>> I KNOW.

>> Jon: BORN IN NEW YORK CITY, RAISED IN NEW JERSEY.

WERE YOU BORN IN NEWARK?

>> I'M LIKE YOU, BORN IN WASHINGTON, D.C.,, PROVED TO JERSEY WHEN I WAS A FEW MONTHS OLD.

>> JON: SO LIVED...

>> LIVED IN BERGEN COUNTY, SMALL TOWN CALLED HARRINGTON PARK.

>> Jon: BEAUTIFUL HARRINGTON PARK.

VERY NICE.

AND NOW YOU ARE THE SUPERHERO MAYOR OF NEWARK.

I READ STORIES ABOUT YOU.

YOU PULL BABIES OUT OF BURNING BUILDINGS.

YOU HAVE REVERSED THE ROTATION OF THE EARTH.

HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN TO YOU?

DO YOU PATROL AT NIGHT?

ARE YOU FILMING AN EPISODE OF COPS?

WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

>> I DID PA TERRELL AT NIGHT A LOT, ESPECIALLY WHEN I FIRST GOT IN AND THERE WAS A LOT OF CHANGE

WE WERE TRYING TO MAKE IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

I GET A LOT OF ATTENTION FOR THINGS FRANKLY A LOT OF PEOPLE IN MY CITY DO EVERY DAY.

I REMEMBER DURING HURRICANE SANDY I LET A LOT OF MY NEIGHBORS STAY IN MY HOUSE UNTIL

MY POWER CAME BACK ON, AND I GOT A LOT OF ATTENTION, BUT FRANKLY, SO MANY PEOPLE WERE DOING THINGS

LIKE THAT.

>> Jon: BUT YOU'RE THE MAYOR.

>> I AM THE MAYOR.

>> Jon: SO YOUR HOUSE IS NICER.

[LAUGHTER]

>> IF YOU SAW HOW THIS BACHELOR GUY LIVES, YOU WOULD NOT NECESSARILY SAY THAT.

>> Jon: IS THAT TRUE?

DOES THE MAYOR NOT HAVE SOMEONE TO COME -- BY THE WAY, I SEE A GREAT SIT COME.

HOLD ON.

"THE BACHELOR" MAYOR OF NEWARK.

>> NO.

THE NEWS FOCUSES SO MUCH ON NEGATIVITY, BAD BEHAVIOR, REALITY TV EXPOSES THAT, THE

HEART OF THIS COUNTRY, YOU KNOW THIS, THE HEART OF NEW JERSEY IS GOOD FOLKS WHO TAKE CARE OF

THEIR OWN.

AND THEIR OWN REALLY HAS EXPANDED BEYOND THEIR FAMILIES.

>> Jon: ANY OF THE NEIGHBORS THAT CAME BY IN THE STORM, HAVE YOU CONTINUED A RELATIONSHIP?

ANY OF THEM YOU THINK TO YOURSELF, NO, I'M NOT GOING TO HIS HOUSE ON HALLOWEEN?

ANYBODY FREAK YOU OUT?

>> NOT AT ALL.

I'M VERY, VERY LUCKY.

I WAS VISITING SOME FRIENDS LAST NIGHT, AS WELL.

WE HAVE A VERY GOOD CITY.

NEWARK, AS YOU KNOW, HAS LONG BEEN DISRESPECTED AND DISSED, BUT THE REALITY IS IT'S AN

AMAZING CITY MAKING A STRONG COMEBACK.

>> Jon: PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THE STRUGGLE.

OTHER THAN, LET'S SAY PATTERSON, MAYBE CAMDEN ESPECIALLY, NEWARK HAS FACED SOME OF THE MOST DIRE

CHALLENGES AND HAS FOUGHT ITS WAY BACK IN A WAY THAT A LOT OF OTHER CITIES WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN

ABLE TO DO.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

THE BENEFIT WHEN YOU SEE A CITY COME BACK IS THE REGION DOES BETTER.

>> Jon: SURE.

>> AND IT BECOMES AN ENGINE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY.

NEWARK PRODUCES HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS FOR OUR REGION, ESPECIALLY IF YOU

INCLUDE OUR PORT AREA.

>> Jon: AS PART OF THE COMEBACK EFFORT, IS THAT WHY YOU HAD TO GET RID OF THE NETS?

I'M A KNICKS' FAN?

>> JERSEY NEEDS A TEAM, WE SHOULD START ONE.

YOU COULD PLAY POINT.

>> Jon: YOU KNOW WHAT, I COULD PLAY POINT ON THE WASHINGTON GENERALS.

ANOTHER THING YOU'VE DONE RECENTLY, YOU'VE STARTED LIVING ON WHAT'S CALLED THE SNAP

PROGRAM, WHICH IS A FOOD STAMP PROGRAM.

YOU DECIDED TO LIVE FOR A WEEK ON ONLY WHAT THE CITY OR THE STATE AFFORDS YOU FOR FOOD STAMPS.

>> ABOUT $1.40 A MEAL.

GOT INTO A FIGHT ON TWITTER WITH SOMEBODY SAYING THE TWITTER...

>> Jon: SORRY, YOU GOT INTO A FIGHT OVER TWITTER.

>> YEAH.

>> Jon: YOU'RE ON TWITTER?

>> I AM VERY MUCH ON TWITTER.

IT'S ANOTHER TOOL I HAVE TO COMMUNICATE WITH VOTERS, AND I HAVE ABOUT A MILLION THREE FOLLOWERS.

>> Jon: OH, MY GOD.

I CAN'T IMAGINE.

LIKE "I GOT TO GO CHECK MY FACEBOOK PAGE." "HEY, WHO IS THAT SON OF A BITCH WHO POKED ME?

HEY, COME ON." SO YOU COMMUNICATE DIRECTLY ON TWITTER WITH CONSTITUENTS?

>> YEP.

>> Jon: DON'T THEY JUST FLOOD YOU WITH VITRIOL?

>> ABSOLUTELY.

THAT'S THE JOB OF A PUBLIC LEADER.

YOU DEAL WITH COMPLAINTS AND PEOPLE WHO ARE ANGRY, BUT YOU FIND PEOPLE WILL HELP YOU HELP

THE CITY.

SO I FIND OUT ABOUT WATER MAIN BREAKS BEFORE MY STAFF DOES.

I FIND OUT ABOUT POTHOLES.

IN THIS CASE IT TURNED OUT TO BE A TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT NUTRITION PROGRAMS

AND HOW ONE PERSON SAID THE GOVERNMENT SHOULDN'T BE INVOLVED.

I SAID THEY SHOULD.

LET'S TRY.

THESE PROGRAMS AREN'T LAVISHING WITH PEOPLE IN THE LAP OF LUXURY.

>> Jon: THE WHOLE IDEA IS THE MOOCHERS OF SOCIETY ARE LIVING FAT OFF...

>> THIS WAS A WEEK THAT WAS HARD, DIFFICULT, BUT THE BIGGER ISSUE FOR ME IS WE NEED TO START

UNDERSTANDING IN AMERICA, AND I THINK THIS IS PLACE WHERE LEFT AND RIGHT CAN COME TOGETHER,

THAT IF A FAMILY FAILS, WE ALL... IT'S A DETRIMENT TO US ALL.

IF A CHILD FAILS, WE'RE BEREFT OF THE GENIUS OF A KID.

IF A PERSON FALLS INTO DRUG ADDICTION, WE ALL HURT FROM THAT BECAUSE OF THE CRIME, BECAUSE OF

THE COST TO OUR HOSPITALS.

THIS IS SOMETHING WE DON'T UNDERSTAND, THE INTERDEPENDENCE OF OUR SOCIETIES.

>> Jon: SOCIETIES HAVE NEVER BEEN PARTICULARLY GOOD AT PREVENTATIVE ACTION.

HUMAN NATURE IS TO REACT TO A CRISIS RATHER THAN TO GET OUT IN FRONT OF IT.

ISN'T THAT A DIFFICULT JOB FOR POLITICIANS TO GET PEOPLE IN FRONT OF IT?

>> THIS WAS THE OPPORTUNITY.

I WAS IN SEATTLE AT AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING PLACE THAT WORKED ON SUPPORTIVE HOUSING,

GETTING HOMELESS OFF THE STREETS.

THEY DID STUDIES.

THEY TOOK 23 PEOPLE, PUT THEM INTO SUPPORTIVE HOUSING, CUT $1 MILLION OFF OF THE BILLS OF THE

EMERGENCY ROOMS.

WE DID IT IN NEWARK.

WE BROUGHT TOGETHER RIGHT AND LEFT, THE MANHATTAN INSTITUTE, A RIGHT-LEANING THINK-TANK AND

SAID LET'S KEEP PEOPLE OUT OF PRISON INSTEAD OF A 65% RECIDIVISM RATE.

YOU HAVE THE LARGEST PRISON POPULATION IN THE GLOBE.

>> Jon: ISN'T THE REVERSE THEORY IF THEY KNOW THEY ARE ALONE AND HELPLESS, THEN THEY

WILL BUILD THEIR OWN HOMES AND FOOD.

[LAUGHTER]

>> HONESTLY, AS MUCH AS WE LIKE TO JOKE, TO ME I THINK WE CAN PULL OUR COUNTRY RIGHT AND LEFT

TOGETHER ON THESE ISSUES.

WE'VE CREATED A PILOT...

>> IT DOESN'T STRIKE ME.

I NEVER UNDERSTOOD WHY IT'S A CONTENTIOUS ISSUE.

MAYBE THE CONTENTIOUS ISSUE IS WHAT THE BALANCE WILL BE, BUT THE IDEA THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE

DOWN ON THEIR LUCK OR SUFFERING WOULDN'T HAVE A SOCIAL SAFETY NET THAT WE ALL CONTRIBUTE TO...

>> BUT IT'S MORE THAN A SOCIAL SAFETY NET.

IT'S MORE THAN A SOCIAL SAFETY NET.

I CHALLENGE THAT METAPHOR.

IF YOU EMPOWER SOMEBODY TO SUCCEED AND THAT CHILD BECOMES A BIOLOGIST, AN ENTREPRENEUR, IT

GROWS OUR ECONOMY.

WE ALL BENEFIT.

WE'VE SAVED THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY ONE SMALL RE-ENTRY PROGRAM FOR GUYS THAT PEOPLE

TURNED AND THEIR BACK ON, A PROM THAT HELPS THEM IF THEY HAVE DRUG ADDICTION, HELPS THEM IF

THEY NEED JOBS, HELPS THEM RAISE THEIR KID WITH PARENTING CLASSES, THAT ONE PROGRAM BY

CUTTING THE RECIDIVISM RATE HAS SAVED THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

WE CAN CHARGE OUR COUNTRY UP IF WE BRING PEOPLE TO AN UNDERSTANDING WHEN WE ALL

SUCCEED, WE ALL SUCCEED MORE.

>> Jon: STICK AROUND FOR A LITTLE BIT.

WHEN WE COME BACK, I WILL BREAK THROUGH YOUR VENEER OF OPTIMISM.

>> IMPOSSIBLE.

>> Jon: MAYOR CORY BOOKER.

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