Ever since a blizzard hit the Northeast a few days ago, mayor of Newark, N.J. Cory Booker began using Twitter as a public-service tool.
Residents of the city swarmed Booker’s Twitter account (@CoryBooker) with requests for help, and he didn’t disappoint.
Booker and his staff have been shoveling streets and sending plows to areas where residents said they were snowed in.
And this isn’t the first time the tweeting mayor has used the microblogging site to help Newark’s residents. He personally shoveled the driveway of an elderly man last New Year’s Eve after the man’s daughter tweeted about his situation.
While some older residents believe Booker is wasting his time with his online obsession, the mayor is earning some major popularity points across the nation. His national profile helped the city secure a $100 million education grant from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Booker has also starred in two documentaries about his life.
We give this mayor credit for reaching out to the people and doing the dirty work most politicians try to avoid.